Song of the Day #3,566: ‘Pray For Me’ – The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar

The movie soundtrack game isn’t a high-volume business. Currently the #3 album on Billboard’s soundtrack chart is Moana, in its 71st week.

But a handful of recent films have produced soundtracks worth at least a cursory listen.

The current big dog (or cat, I should say) is the Black Panther soundtrack, curated by Kendrick Lamar, who also appears on many of its tracks.

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Song of the Day #3,192: ‘I Feel It Coming’ – The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk

Rounding out my first week of ‘What the Kids are Listening To’ is The Weeknd with ‘I Feel It Coming,’ the second single from his album Starboy.

Like the title track, ‘I Feel It Coming’ is a collaboration with Daft Punk, who lend the same techno disco production and mechanized vocals they brought to ‘Get Lucky’ to this song.

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Song of the Day #3,063: ‘Starboy’ – The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk

the_weeknd_starboyThe Chainsmokers’ ‘Closer’ — already featured here — sits at Billboard’s #2 spot this week. At #3 is The Weeknd with ‘Starboy,’ the first single from his upcoming album of the same name.

‘Starboy’ (as the video makes crystal clear) is about The Weeknd coming to terms with his fame and moving past the persona he inhabited on his previous chart-toppers. At the beginning of the video, he literally kills the crazy-haired version of himself that fans came to know and love on ‘Can’t Feel My Face.’

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Song of the Day #2,591: ‘The Hills’ – The Weeknd

weeknd_hillsRounding out Billboard’s top five is another track by The Weeknd, who’s having a hell of a week. The Canadian artist’s second studio album hits stores today and based on the success of its first three singles, it’s bound to be a blockbuster.

‘The Hills’ is another track, like ‘Can’t Feel My Face,’ that centers on drug use and relationships — Abel Tesfaye appears to be as infatuated with drugs as he is with women.

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Song of the Day #2,588: ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ – The Weeknd

weeknd_cant_feelSitting at #2 on the latest Billboard chart, The Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ is another contender for Song of the Summer. It had a brief stint at #1, replacing ‘Cheerleader’ before being overtaken by OMI’s hit again this week.

‘Can’t Feel My Face’ is both a commercial and a critical hit, with music critics going ga-ga over its Michael Jackson-esque R&B sound. Tom Cruise even took a turn at lip-synching the track on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.

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Song of the Day #2,433: ‘Earned It’ – The Weeknd

earned_it_weekndContinuing the Billboard countdown, I arrive at #7 and our second Fifty Shades of Grey song in the top ten.

This one is ‘Earned It’ by The Weeknd, the man with the inexplicably missing ‘e’ in his name and the worst case of bedhead I’ve ever seen.

This song is ok — certainly better than Elle Goulding’s effort from the same soundtrack — but nothing I ever need to hear again.

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