Trendy Artists of the Week: The Weeknd, Simply Red, SZA, Billie Eilish, Dellafuente

Let's read some interesting news from the music industry, about the artists who generated the most buzz on our website this past week.
The Weeknd

The Weeknd Adds Wembley Show to His 2023 Stadium Tour

There are two pieces of news involving famed Canadian R&B artist The Weeknd. One, he just released his new song “Nothing Is Lost (You Give Me Strength)” that will be featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming movie "Avatar 2". James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi epic broke the all-time box office record, which it holds to this day with $2.923 billion in revenue. Over a decade later, the sequel is coming, and The Weeknd is doing his best to elevate the film with his music.

Two, he just added a new tour date at the legendary Wembley Stadium in London, UK to his 2023 “After Hours Til Dawn” tour. His appearance there will be taking place on August 18.

Simply Red On Tour in Europe

The Weeknd is not the only major musical act on tour on The Old Continent these days. The British soul pop group Simply Red is also doing live shows all across Europe, from Milan in Italy, through Denmark and Croatia, to France, then back to Italy again. These shows are scheduled from December 2022 to August 2023. You can check the exact list of appearances on their official website here.

SZA Comedy Song Goes Viral On TikTok

SZA just released her second studio album, the R&B record “SOS”, last week. She was also featured on the long-running live sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" on NBC as a musical guest, with actress Keke Palmer hosting the episode.

However, SZA also got to exercise some of her comedy chops, as she was the star of a short comedy song titled “Big Boys”, about women looking for fat men to keep them warm through the winter. The musical skit ended up going viral on TikTok.

Billie Eilish Talks to BBC About Growing Up as a Celebrity

Billie Eilish

Recently, Billie Eilish gave an interview to BBC 100 Women about her life and career. While rising to be an international music star in your teenage years is something many people only dream of, Eilish described her experience as “bruising”, among others. Here’s a little snippet from what she had to say:

"I look back fondly for the most part, but, you know, it was so funny to be a 14-year-old girl with my 17-year-old brother and, you know, just doing hundreds of meetings constantly. It was a lot of meetings with people that didn't know how to talk to 14-year-old girls."

She also revealed that her personal favorite song in her catalog is “Your Power” from 2021.

Dellafuente Sells 22,000 Tickets With a Single Tweet

Spanish EDM artist Dellafuente has announced a much-awaited comeback. After 3 years, he’s back on stage, and he’s doing his first live shows (3 of them to be exact) right in his hometown in Granada, Spain. One of them already passed yesterday, while the second and third are taking place tonight and tomorrow, respectively. The hype is real. Without working with any advertising agencies or any third party, he sold 22,000 tickets to his shows just by sending out a single tweet.

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