The Weeknd's 5 Most Memorable Moments at Made in America 2015
The Weeknd closed out Philadelphia's Made in America for a crowd of 70,000 gathered at the base of the city's famous "Rocky steps" (temporarily obscured by the massive stage) at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday night (Sept. 6).
Just hours before it was formally announced that his latest album, Beauty Behind the Madness, had debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200, the singer -- whose real name is Abel Tesfaye -- charmed the crowd with a mix of album cuts and his biggest songs.
Read on for some of the set's highlights.
1. Getting Sexy Before "Tell Your Friends"
"Can I get sexy for you tonight Philadelphia?" the singer asked, before launching into the Kanye West-produced "Tell Your Friends," which just got the Drake remix treatment over the weekend on the latest edition of OVO Sound on Beats 1.
2. Back to Basics With "Crew Love"
Tesfaye went back to his first major cosign, his feature on fellow Torontonian Drake's 2012 single "Crew Love," for his sixth song -- those pulsing drums were more or less designed to amp up festival crowds.
3. Tribute to Queen B
The Weeknd busted out his "Drunk in Love" cover during the set, all the more appropriate considering that the crowd had just seen Beyonce herself perform the sultry single the night before.
4. A More Goth "Love Me Harder"
The Weeknd's first major concession to pop, the Ariana Grande duet "Love Me Harder," could easily pose a conundrum for the singer, given that its bright sound doesn't totally fit with his late-night aesthetic. The solution? Pitch-shift Grande's voice down a few octaves, and suddenly it's a shadowy anthem, well-suited to the self-consciously dark star.
5. "Can't Feel My Face"/"The Hills," With Pyrotechnics
Tesfaye's two biggest songs of the moment, "Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills," made for a perfect closing pair -- especially when the stage got lit (literally) with a firey display.