Thursday, May 23, 2024

The Weeknd and Ariana Grande Singing “Save Your Tears” Live Is a Reason to Think Music Isn’t Dead


“Save Your Tears” by The Weeknd has been a hit twice in the last year. First by The Weeknd alone on his album “After Hours,” then in a remix version with Ariana Grande. Max Martin wrote it, he’s a genius, this is one his gems.

This version, live, from the I Heart Music Awards, is gorgeous. It makes me think music isn’t dead. The Weeknd has really become a great performer. When Ariana sings like this, it’s magic, so much better than her faux hip hop albums. If only she would make a real album with songs. She could be bigger than Celine Dion. She has the voice.

Listen. BTW Max wrote this almost like a flashback to songs by Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark. Go back and listen to them on Spotify. “Secret,” Souvenir,” their masterpiece, “Enola Gay.” This is ripped cleverly from that playbook. OMD doesn’t enough love.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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