News: Despite Huge First-Week Sales Projections, The Weeknd Promises He's The Same

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 6:26PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

R&B singer The Weeknd's Kiss Land may working up a sweat on the sales chart for next week, however, the Toronto crooner recently promised fans don't have to worry about him getting too influenced by the fame.

In Weeknd's perspective, his music is able to survive and retain fans because of how unwilling he is to be anyone different than who he is.

Despite this willingness to grow and change when it comes to direction and songwriting, however, The Weeknd stresses that he has not changed -- even if he has come out of his hidey-hole to execute interviews and personally call his fans. "I feel like my fans will love Kiss Land because I didn't change -- it's the same character, but in different settings and scenarios," he said. "Once you've changed who you are or who you've portrayed in your music, the fans, they'll catch it.... Once I feel like the world knows me for anything else but my music then I feel like I failed." (MTV)

Based on one-day estimates, Kiss Land could push out up to 100,000 copies in Week 1.

YOUR NEW RELEASES: After one day of sales, it looks like we might have another close race this week for #1. We're giving the edge to Keith Urban for the moment, but keep checking back here for updates. Here are this week's key debuts: Keith Urban (Capitol Nashville) 100-110k The Weeknd (XO/Republic) 90-100k 2 Chainz (Def Jam/IDJ) 55-65k Janelle Monae (Bad Boy/Atlantic) 45-50k (HITS Daily Double)

According to reports, Weeknd's full-length album leaked across the Internet earlier this month.

The long awaited official debut album, Kiss Land, from Toronto singer The Weeknd has sprung a leak onto the internet. The project features 12 tracks from The Weeknd, with the only features coming from Drake and Kavinsky. You can still preorder the album here on iTunes. (The Masked Gorilla)

Back in July, the singer came clean on why he had always avoided media interviews.

"I felt like I had nothing to say. I still feel I have nothing to say. I'm the most boring person to talk to," Weeknd revealed. "No, labels always push. I mean, Trilogy was a rerelease, but they still said, "Maybe you should do some interviews." Honestly, I want to do interviews now because it's one thing that I haven't mastered. Even Prince did interviews. Michael did interviews. And I can tell in the interviews they're uncomfortable. Why are they doing this? Because they feel like they have to do it to be a complete artist. I felt like this was my time. And maybe I wouldn't have done it if I thought you were an a**hole. I probably would have been like, "F*ck this guy." (Complex)

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