The Weeknd Releases 'Belong To The World' Video, Talks 'Kiss Land' Album
In anticipation of The Weeknd’s upcoming debut album, "Kiss Land," the singer released the video for, "Belong to the World."
The video for the song, which samples Portishead's "Machine Gun," features the artist as a part of a military regime exploring Japan. The Weeknd’s self-pity seems to derive from a broken heart or bruised ego, as the rest of his uniformed acquaintances admire a woman he’s had his eye on for quite some time.
But a broken heart or bruised ego may be the least of The Weeknd’s problems. Earlier today (July 15), Portishead producer Geoff Barrow took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with The Weeknd sampling the band’s song.
"I think it’s a load of bollox," said Barrow before adding, "When someone asks to sample you and you refuse they should have the respect as a fellow artist to not use it."
We usually give sample clearance to tunes we like. its got fuk all to do with money! As most of them are hiphop artist that are skint.— Geoff Barrow (@jetfury) July 15, 2013
I don't wanna get paid... I just want my beat back.— Geoff Barrow (@jetfury) July 15, 2013
When talking to Complex or his first interview, and whose August/September cover he graces, the Weeknd discusses “Kiss Land,” describing the upcoming album as symbolizing the "tour life," and the production "very cinematic."
"When I think about 'Kiss Land,' I think about a terrifying place," he says. "A lot of it is inspired by filmmakers like John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and Ridley Scott, because they know how to capture fear. That's what 'Kiss Land' is to me, an environment that's just honest fear."
He also elaborates on how he and Drake are still cool with each other, and how songs that appeared on Drake's "Take Care" were supposed to be on Tesfaye’s first mixtape, "House of Balloons."
"The thing about Drake is I told him what my decisions were going to be. And he was down with it from the beginning," he says, later adding, "I told [Drake] from day one what my decision was going to be. I wasn’t going that route. I was going to go my own route. And he supported me."
"Crew Love," "Shot for Me," and "The Ride" were supposed to be on "House of Balloons." "I wanted to come out with like 14 records. I felt like 'The Ride' was the last one, and it wasn't done yet. [Drake] heard it and he was like, "This shit’s crazy.'"