The Weeknd Re-releasing Mixtapes As ‘The Trilogy’

By Shakira Atitebi

The Weeknd has been keeping busy this holiday season. The Toronto native gave fans a special present on Christmas Day, revealing plans to package his three mixtapes releases into a trilogy for 2012. The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, dropped his third mixtape, Echoes of Silence on Thursday morning (Dec. 22), and three days later announced that he would re-release The Trilogy with extra tracks in the coming year.

“I can’t wait to re-release The Trilogy as a package, re-mastered for you to collect with bonus features…#2012,” he tweeted on Christmas day. The Trilogy will consist of songs from The Weeknd’s original mixtapes, House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence. One of the highlights on Echoes of Silence is the single and first track “D.D.,” a rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana” from his 1987 album Bad.

The Weeknd collaborated with Drake on his recent sophomore album Take Care. “He’s like a writer, collaborator on four songs on my album which I’m very proud of,” Drizzy told MTV News. “I usually don’t branch out writing-wise working with other people. I usually like to write all my own stuff, but we get it. We try to tap into the same emotions because we’re from the same city.”

It was Drizzy who initially promoted the fellow Canadian songwriter by tweeting lyrics to The Weeknd’s stand-out single “Wicked Games,” prior to music fans taking notice. In July the singer, performed at Drakes OVO Festival and The Young Money soldier appeared on “The Zone,” a trippy sex ode.

For those who are still curious about the nature of their relationship, Drizzy told MTV News “It’s really nothing more than I support him. Oliver– who’s my manager also along with Cortez and Gee, brought him to me and we’re just involved in his career,” he said.