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Pop Star Writes Item For Magazine's ''100 Most Influential People''

Written by Chief Editor.

Abel Tesfaye--better known as The Weeknd--is on Time magazine's 2020 list of 100 Most Influential People. Elton has penned a piece, comparing him to Prince.

The pop veteran wrote that they met at an Oscars party earlier this year.
''He said I would be excited when I heard his new album, After Hours, but didn't tell me why. That seemed to sum him up. He's a mysterious figure in an era when mystery is rare in pop. And you never know what to expect next. He plays with personae in his music and presentation: on the After Hours cover, he's dripping in blood; you're never sure if he's singing about himself, or if he's in character. He's got an incredible imagination.''
Elton added: ''It turned out he'd used the chorus of Your Song on a track called Scared to Live--he was right, I was excited--but he'll also sample the Smiths and Ethiopian singer Aster Aweke. Blinding Lights is 2020's best pop single, very '80s-influenced, but it's from an album that's otherwise very introspective. He has so many different types of music tucked up his sleeve that he incorporates into his vision. He's not interested in commerciality for commerciality's sake, but he's one of the biggest-streaming artists on Spotify. Like Prince, he marches to his own beat, That's an exemplary way for am artist to be.''
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