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How do you become a Motherf**kin Starboy?

Canada has given so much to the world….Justin Trudeau, Bryan Adam, Celine Dion, Drake, Maple Syrup and even Justin Bieber!

And another great Canadian graced our shores last night and filled Spark Arena to the rafters….The Weeknd

In his first ever NZ performance, The Weeknd ‘turnt up!” The crowd were treated to one of the best concerts of the year. Accompanied by his live Band, he performed his biggest hits of his career so far. Opening the show with his chart topping single Starboy, the performance set the bar for the rest of his hour long set.

He took the crowd on a musical journey of his career performing singles from his mixtapes – House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence, along with a rare performance of Angel – a favourite single of his, from his second album, Beauty behind the Madness. He also gave breathtaking performances of his other chart topping singles Wicked Games, Can’t feel my face and I feel it Coming. Complemented by the visuals and a triangular, floating lighting rig, made for a showstopping concert.

The Weeknd also appeared to be very humbled by the crowd reaction, whose cheers and calls for an encore were deafening. He thanked the crowd on several occasions promising to return to New Zealand every year.

Let’s hope he sticks to his promise so that many more can see the motherf**kin Starboy!

reviewed | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack

Boasting $161 million at the US Box Office on it’s opening weekend, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire looks impressive and better still, composer James Newton Howard has done a brilliant job to score the film.

The original motion picture soundtrack for this movie is darker, earthier and gritty, compared to its predecessor and complemented by a well rounded selection of artists. The first few singles you’ve probably already heard on the radio over the last couple of months – Coldplay‘s AtlasSIA ft. The Weeknd & Diplo – Elastic Heart and Christina AguileraWe Remain. Other artists also on the album are The National, Of Monsters and Men, The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, The Lumineers, Ellie Goulding, Patti Smith and Santigold.

I have to say my continuing favourite – leaked on twitter two weeks ago – is Lorde’s cover of Tears for Fears 80s hit Everybody Wants To Rule The World.

The track ever so slightly builds over the first minute making you crave more, then come the minute thirty mark begins a dramatic climax building anticipation, enshrouding you in its layers, losing you to the music but then at the very last moment yanks you back out with barely time to gasp, only to hear Lorde end with ‘…The World’. My sole criticism I have of the song is that it’s not nearly long enough. At a length of only two minutes thirty five it’s the shortest song on the soundtrack and pretty much half the length of the original.  It’s torture and I implore to Lorde that she return to the studio asap to record a longer version, I want more!

Other standouts for me were Imagine Dragons – Who We Are, it utilises a familiar samba beat melded with ethereal synth. Imagine Dragons have been around since 2008 but have really only made it mainstream in the last year. They are an up and coming American alternative rock band and are probably best known for their recent single Radioactive.

The erudite songstress Patti Smith singing Capitol Letter,  evokes a real sense of ages combine with the earthy folk sounds of the instruments giving much depth but also tying this song in so well with the rest of the soundtrack.

Lastly, worth a mention is SantigoldShooting Arrows At The Sky which comes complete with gorgeous guitar riff and unique vocals that float over the richness of a winning Santigold formula.

The album is full of great tracks and you may very well have your own favourites.  Regardless, I highly recommend you have a listen and get yourself a copy. And of course if you’re in New Zealand, the movie itself is currently out in cinema.

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