In an industry where talent can jump for different labels and managements, music Star The Weeknd has remained loyal to Universal Music Group since 2012. 10 years later, he decided to stay with the label under a new long-term deal and expand their partnership. The terms include music and video, publishing and merchandise.
The Weeknd moves to Universal Music Group
For the past decade, Weeknd’s music label has been Republic/Universal Music Group. According to a statement shared with diversity, they will “remain his label partner for future releases of recorded music”. The “Save Your Tears” singer will also move his songwriting catalog to Universal in a new long-term deal when his existing publishing deal with Kobalt ends.
“Over the past decade, it has been our honor to work so closely with Abel, who has quickly become one of music’s most creative and important artists – a talent of a lifetime,” UMG Chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge said in the announcement.
Grainge referenced The Weeknd’s manager Wassim Slaiby, CEO of XO Records and SalXco. “With Sal and the XO team as our incredible partners, we have developed a deep trust and respect that has enabled us to successfully execute Abel’s brilliant vision.”
Slaiby chimed in: “A decade together says it all. Our relationship is based on trust, success and family values. I’m proud and excited to be alongside Sir Lucian, Monte, Avery, Jody and the rest of the Universal family as we build our next decade together.”
It’s not all good news, as The Weeknd’s HBO series The Idol has a catch
The Weeknd’s musical career is on fire. He starred in the Super Bowl halftime show last year and recently with the caption Coachella for the second time. The Canadian singer has sold 75 million albums, won four Grammy Awards and set a record for the longest-charting song in Billboard history with “Blinding Lights.”
Another creative endeavor may not be doing so well. A few days earlier, diversity reported his HBO series, the idol, would be subject to revision and re-admission. The show’s director, Amy Seimetz, also left the series. euphoriaSam Levinson could take the director’s chair as he is co-creator and executive producer of the series.
HBO shared a statement announcing the news, “The creative team at Idol continues to build, refine and evolve its vision for the show and has aligned itself in a new creative direction.” The statement continued, “The production will be theirs Adjust cast and crew to best reflect this new approach to the series. We look forward to sharing more information soon.”
The After Hours Til Dawn stadium tour kicks off in July
In July, The Weeknd’s After hours until dawn The tour begins in Toronto, Canada. MetLife’s sold-out 19-day North American leg in Newark, NJ. to Sofi Stadium in LA. After the end of the North American leg, The Weeknd travels to Italy for two dates in October.
Doja Cat will serve as the opening act for the North American tour dates. The “Kiss Me More” singer recently made headlines when she threatened with dismissal Music. However, NME reported that she had confirmed that she would not be leaving the tour.
Her single “Vegas” from the upcoming Baz Lurhman movie elvis will be released on May 6th.
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