If you’re anything like us, we see an interesting headline during our daily scroll—pause to read it—but then keep scrolling without reading the actual story. So at the end of each week, we’re rounding up all the buzziest, news-worthy headlines you might have missed. Think of it like the “saved” feature on Instagram but for news instead of aesthetically pleasing photos. The Weeknd’s rescheduled Toronto show goes off without a hitch, Queslove’s film lens will feature J Dilla next, and SNL announces their first musical guests for season 48—this is what you missed.
The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours Til Dawn’ Tour Finally Touches Down in Toronto
What was supposed to start off in the Weeknd’s hometown of Toronto finally came full circle last night as he performed night one of two for the finale of his After Hours till Dawn North American tour. It was arguably more fitting to conclude such a monumental moment in his career—not many artists can pull off a stadium tour—in the city where it all started and it allowed him to add an additional night for his hometown fans. Since the release of After Hours in 2020 and Dawn FM at the beginning of 2022, Abel Tesfaye has been giving us a master class in the art of building a fictional world for his albums to live in and characters to exist. This tour marked the first time both albums came to life (and worlds collided) in what will eventually be another trilogy. I could feel the frenzy in the Rogers Centre before I even got to my seat. One girl behind me, in line for drinks, anxiously said to her friend on the phone I want another drink but I’ll DIE if I miss the beginning and the longest lines weren’t for food or drinks, but his merch. As the stage lit up in red to show a skyline of buildings, including the CN tower, screams got louder, and brightly lit cell phone screens went up eager to catch the moment Tesfaye appeared on stage. Cue the music and flickering lights, a plethora of red veiled figures lined up on stage reminiscent of those in the video for “Sacrifice”. Tesfaye’s voice flooded the stadium, as the fog cleared, revealing a figure standing on top of a building in the skyline and the show began. Read about the full After Hours til Dawn experience here.
Questlove Set to Executive Produce New J Dilla Documentary
After the success of Questlove’s Oscar and Grammy-winning Summer of Soul documentary, showcasing one of the biggest cultural music moments of the ‘60s aka the Harlem Cultural Festival, it comes as no surprise that he has another project in the works. He’s set to executive produce a new documentary about the late J Dilla. The legendary producer, drummer, rapper, and songwriter died in 2006 and the project will shine new light on his life and work. Titled, Dilla Time, Questlove will work alongside the rapper’s estate for a film described as “part biography, part musicology, and part musical meditation.” For Questlove, it’s not just a passion project but a personal one as well. “Explaining musical genius is my mission. To be able to tell the world about the musician that had the most influence on me is a dream come true,” he says in a statement. “Not just on me, but on an entire generation of musicians that everyone knows and loves. J Dilla was our teacher. And what he taught us was how to feel rhythm in a way we had never felt before. I’m so honoured to be a part of bringing his story to the world through this documentary.” This marks the first documentary project that J Dilla’s estate has ever endorsed.
Kendrick Lamar, Megan Thee Stallion, Willow Tapped As SNL’s Season 48 Musical Guests
Saturday Night Live’s 48th season is almost here and this week they announced the first slate of musical guests to look forward to. Up first is Kendrick Lamar on October 1st for the season premiere which will be hosted by actor, Miles Teller. This will mark the third time Kendrick has been an SNL musical guest, and as a self-proclaimed Kendrick stan—it’s the episode I’m most looking forward to. The following week is Gen Z pop punk artist, Willow, who made her official SNL debut not too long ago in April. Clearly she made a good impression, two guest spots on the late night show in the same year is high praise and her October 8th episode will be hosted by Brendan Gleeson. Last but not least, Megan Thee Stallion is performing AND hosting the show on October 15th. She made her SNL debut in 2019, performing with Chance The Rapper who was also doing double duty as host and musical guest that night. Can’t wait to see Meg introduce Meg and I have full faith in her ability to be as hilarious as she is talented.
Giveon Collaborates with Drake, Daniel Pemberton for Throwback Single ‘Time’
Giveon and Drake’s budding friendship was kindled back in 2020, when they collaborated on the hit single “Chicago Freestyle,” and since then, they just can’t seem to get enough of each other. Drake surprised Giveon when he was on his Timeless tour in Toronto, and just today, the duo dropped “Time,” a heart-throb, throwback single for David O. Russell’s film Amsterdam. The track is written by Giveon, co-written by Drake, along with Daniel Pemberton, who is also the film’s score composer. Upon first listen, Giveon’s unmistakable baritone sends you directly into a world where time loses its relevance. As he reminiscences the time he spent with his loved one, we hear the stunning woodwind and weeping piano in the background that perfectly brings out the bittersweet sentiments in the lyrics sonically. ‘Amsterdam’ is a period mystery film with the premise of 3 friends becoming the prime suspects in a murder in the 1930s. The film stars Christian Bale, John David Washington, Margo Robbie and Taylor Swift. Such a stunning ensemble coupled with Giveon’s lush vocals is THE thing to look forward to in October when the film comes out.
Sam Smith Teams Up with Kim Petras on Throbbing New Single “Unholy”
It’s official, Sam Smith had gone experimental, and the Internet is seductively dancing. Well, the latter part is no surprise at this point, but when the beat dropped in the TikTok clip shared by the ballad singer, something was awakened in the world. “Unholy” is a party banger telling the story of a cheating husband who can’t keep his business clean. The track is throbbing and synth-heavy, adjectives that are now associated with the new Sam Smith different from the “Stay with Me” singer. He’s entering his villain era, and with the ultimate pop queen Kim Petras featured, the short video skyrocketed to viral fame and accumulated millions of views overnight. Quickly, people started replicating the little dance the duo did in the clip and/or recreated the storyline in the chorus. “Mummy don’t know daddy’s getting hot/ At the body shop/ Doing something unholy.” The full version of the track was released yesterday, and it’s been on replay for me since. In the words of the singer himself, “It’s time to get sexy!!”