The Weeknd‘s recent release of his My Dear Melancholy EP has been the subject of a lot of controversial headlines. As soon as it came out, people questioned the meaning of the album’s first song, “Call Out My Name,” because it seemingly suggests that he was going to donate his kidney to Selena Gomez before they broke up last year. Ex-girlfriend (turned current lover?) Bella Hadid is also said to be referenced on the extended play as well.
But before all the drama of Abel Tesfaye‘s latest musical endeavors started coming out, he contributed his talents to a whole bunch of movie soundtracks. And that’s what we’re here to talk about today. Here are six awesome flicks that feature the vocal stylings of The Weeknd:
In 2012, years before Abel and Selena Gomez gave a relationship a try in 2017, one of his songs appeared in one of her movies, Spring Breakers, which she starred in alongside Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco.
If you take a listen to the soundtrack, you can hear The Weeknd’s single, “The Zone,” featuring Drake. The song was originally recorded for the musician’s 2011 mixtape, Thursday, and was later remastered and released as the third single from his 2012 album, Trilogy.
Fifty Shades of Grey
Say what you want about Fifty Shades of Grey as a book, a movie, a franchise, etc., but the soundtrack is pure FIRE. Every song was carefully selected and/or created to be alluring. (Like, Beyoncé‘s remix of “Crazy in Love” is sex in music form.) And that includes both of The Weeknd’s additions to the mix.
The musician crooned his hit single, “Earned It,” specifically for Fifty Shades; it was the only song to be featured twice in the film and actually served as the soundtrack’s lead single. It was also included on The Weeknd’s second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness, but that’s beside the point.
The Weeknd is also the voice behind “Where You Belong,” also from the Fifty Shades soundtrack. That means double the pleasure. *wink wink*
The Weeknd’s second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness, may be the one that skyrocketed him to stardom, but his debut mixtape, House of Balloons, sure had some bops. Take “Wicked Games,” for instance. It served as the singer’s first-ever single and it’s amazing! That’s probably why you can hear it on the Southpaw soundtrack three years after the tune’s original release.
TBH, we never heard of the movie Pattaya before writing this post. HOWEVER, if the soundtrack is any indication, then the flick’s gotta have some good qualities. “The Hills,” which is basically the song that introduced us to the awesomeness that is Abel Tesfaye, serves as one of the film’s 15+ tracks. How cool is that?!
Pitch Perfect 3
Alright, so you won’t heard The Weeknd’s voice in Pitch Perfect 3, but you’ll definitely hear one of his smooth tunes. His 2014 single with Ariana Grande, “Love Me Harder,” is covered by the Barden Bellas as they try to show off their acapella greatness in front of the other musical groups.
The Black Panther soundtrack is a carefully curated masterpiece by Kendrick Lamar, with Kendrick lending his talents to all of the soundtrack’s singles, “All the Stars,” “King’s Dead” and “Pray for Me.” And you know who the other person is featured in that last song we mentioned? You guessed it: The Weeknd.
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