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THE WEEKND - THE HILLS (SONG)
Label:REP/UMA
Entry:21/06/2015 (Position 47)
Last week in charts:28/02/2016 (Position 50)
Peak:3 (1 weeks)
Weeks:33
Place on best of all time:295 (834 points)
Year:2015
Music/Lyrics:Carlo Montagnese
Emmanuel Nickerson
Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye
Ahmad "Belly" Balshe
Producer:Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese
Mano [US]
World wide:
ch  Peak: 23 / weeks: 34
de  Peak: 10 / weeks: 50
at  Peak: 31 / weeks: 34
fr  Peak: 11 / weeks: 50
nl  Peak: 29 / weeks: 34
be  Peak: 18 / weeks: 16 (Vl)
  Peak: 18 / weeks: 14 (Wa)
se  Peak: 12 / weeks: 40
no  Peak: 16 / weeks: 14
dk  Peak: 11 / weeks: 21
it  Peak: 47 / weeks: 2
au  Peak: 3 / weeks: 33
nz  Peak: 2 / weeks: 37

Digital
XO&co / Republic -



Digital Remixes
The Weeknd XO / Republic 1048313881
Digital
Audio Circuit 1056199690
Digital
Tune Deck 1068679529



Digital
The Weeknd XO / Republic 1054429078


TRACKS
25/05/2015
Digital XO&co / Republic - (UMG)
1. The Hills
4:02
   
11/10/2015
Remixes - Digital The Weeknd XO / Republic 1048313881 (UMG)
1. The Weeknd feat. Eminem - The Hills (Remix)
4:23
2. The Weeknd feat. Nicki Minaj - The Hills (Remix)
4:02
   
04/11/2015
Digital Audio Circuit 1056199690
1. The Weeknd feat. Echos - The Hills (Echos Remix)
4:04
   
06/11/2015
Digital The Weeknd XO / Republic 1054429078
1. The Hills (RL Grime Remix)
4:31
   
15/12/2015
Digital Tune Deck 1068679529
1. The Weeknd & Daniel Ennis - The Hills (Daniel Ennis Remix)
4:02
   

AVAILABLE ON FOLLOWING MEDIA
VersionLengthTitleLabel
Number
Format
Medium
Date
4:02The HillsXO&co / Republic
-
Single
Digital
25/05/2015
4:02Beauty Behind The MadnessXO&co / Republic
06025 4750330
Album
CD
28/08/2015
4:03Hitzone 75USM
5362962
Compilation
CD
18/09/2015
Remix4:23The Hills [Remixes]The Weeknd XO / Republic
1048313881
Single
Digital
11/10/2015
Remix4:02The Hills [Remixes]The Weeknd XO / Republic
1048313881
Single
Digital
11/10/2015
Echos Remix4:04The HillsAudio Circuit
1056199690
Single
Digital
04/11/2015
RL Grime Remix4:31The HillsThe Weeknd XO / Republic
1054429078
Single
Digital
06/11/2015
Daniel Ennis Remix4:02The HillsTune Deck
1068679529
Single
Digital
15/12/2015
3:57Now That's What I Call Music! 57 [US]Legacy
88875183312
Compilation
CD
05/02/2016
4:02Hit Music 2016 Vol 1Universal
5368162
Compilation
CD
19/02/2016
4:02PattayaDef Jam
536 771-6
Album
CD
19/02/2016
4:03Best Of 2016 - FrühlingshitsPolystar
060075368063 (6)
Compilation
CD
04/03/2016
4:03Bravo Black Hits Vol. 34Polystar
060075368301 (9)
Compilation
CD
18/03/2016
4:04Now That's What I Call Music! 93Now
CDNOW93
Compilation
CD
18/03/2016
4:03NRJ Spring Hits 2016Smart
88985314062
Compilation
CD
25/03/2016
4:01Ultratop Hit Connection 2016.1Warner
505419704085
Compilation
CD
25/03/2016
4:02Megahits 2016 - Die ZweitePolystar
06007 5367883 1
Compilation
CD
01/04/2016
RL Grime Remix4:29De Maxx - Long Player 36 [Future Beats Edition]541 / N.E.W.S.
541539CD / N01.A539.023
Compilation
CD
08/04/2016
4:02NRJ Hit Music Only 2016Warner
505419707345
Compilation
CD
22/04/2016
4:01Het beste uit de MNM 1000 [2016]Universal
537.383-7
Compilation
CD
25/11/2016
MUSIC DIRECTORY
The WeekndThe Weeknd: Discography / Become a fan
THE WEEKND IN AUSTRALIAN CHARTS
Singles

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Love Me Harder (Ariana Grande & The Weeknd)23/11/20141915
Earned It01/02/20151312
The Hills21/06/2015333
Can't Feel My Face28/06/2015238
In The Night20/12/2015139
Starboy (The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk)09/10/2016230
I Feel It Coming (The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk)04/12/2016723
Party Monster11/12/2016332
Lust For Life (Lana Del Rey feat. The Weeknd)07/05/2017441
 
Albums

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Kiss Land29/09/2013301
Beauty Behind The Madness13/09/2015136
Starboy11/12/2016122
SONGS BY THE WEEKND
6 Inch (Beyoncé feat. The Weeknd)
A Lonely Night
Acquainted
Adaption
All I Know (The Weeknd feat. Future)
Angel
As You Are
Attention
Belong To The World
Can't Feel My Face
Comin Out Strong (Future feat. The Weeknd)
Coming Down
Crew Love (Drake feat. The Weeknd)
D.D.
Dark Times (The Weeknd feat. Ed Sheeran)
Devil May Cry
Die For You
Earned It
Echoes Of Silence
Elastic Heart (Sia feat. The Weeknd & Diplo)
Enemy
Exodus (M.I.A. feat. The Weeknd)
False Alarm
FML (Kanye West feat. The Weeknd)
Gone
Heaven Or Las Vegas
High For This
House Of Balloons / Glass Table Girls
I Feel It Coming (The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk)
In The Night
In Vein (Rick Ross feat. The Weeknd)
Initiation
King Of The Fall
Kiss Land
Life Of The Party
Live For (The Weeknd feat. Drake)
Loft Music
Lonely Star
Losers (The Weeknd feat. Labrinth)
Love In The Sky
Love Me Harder (Ariana Grande & The Weeknd)
Love To Lay
Low Life (Future feat. The Weeknd)
Lust For Life (Lana Del Rey feat. The Weeknd)
Might Not (Belly feat. The Weeknd)
Montreal
Next
Nocturnal (Disclosure feat. The Weeknd)
Nothing Without You
Odd Look (Kavinsky feat. The Weeknd)
Often
Ordinary Life
Outside
Party Monster
Pray 4 Love (Travis Scott feat. The Weeknd)
Pretty
Prisoner (The Weeknd feat. Lana Del Rey)
Professional
Pullin Up (Meek Mill feat. The Weeknd)
Real Life
Remember You (Wiz Khalifa feat. The Weeknd)
Reminder
Rockin'
Rolling Stone
Same Old Song (The Weeknd feat. Juicy)
Secrets
Sexodus (M.I.A. feat. The Weeknd)
Shameless
Sidewalks (The Weeknd feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Six Feet Under
Some Way (NAV feat. The Weeknd)
Starboy (The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk)
Stargirl Interlude (The Weeknd feat. Lana Del Rey)
Tears In The Rain
Tell Your Friends
The Birds Pt. 1
The Birds Pt. 2
The Fall
The Hills
The Knowing
The Morning
The Party & The After Party
The Town
The Zone (The Weeknd feat. Drake)
Thursday
Till Dawn (Here Comes The Sun)
True Colors
Twenty Eight
Valerie
Wanderlust
What You Need
Where You Belong
Wicked Games
Wonderful (Travis Scott feat. The Weeknd)
XO / The Host
ALBUMS BY THE WEEKND
Beauty Behind The Madness
Echoes Of Silence
House Of Balloons
Kiss Land
Starboy
Thursday
Trilogy
 
REVIEWS
Average points: 3.78 (Reviews: 50)
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*****
Finally ein neuer Track!!
Mir gefällts unglaublich gut!
5*
****
Not bad.

Upgrade. Love the chorus and the rest is quite good.
Last edited: 17/11/2015 04:37
****
Starts strongly and the chorus keeps it going nicely with the solid production. Probably my favourite song of his.
*
At first I had trouble distinguishing whether I liked this or found it average, and I think I'm going to have to go with the latter in the end.

That Michael Jackson statement I made in my "Can't Feel My Face" review is nowhere on show here, and he just seems to kinda drone on and on.

Nothing particularly interesting for me here.

EDIT: I now severely dislike this boring, slow drag of a song. Why would anyone ever want to listen to this, when there are countless songs of this type that do this shtick so much better?

To me, the emotion doesn't feel authentic, it all feels like too much of a "put on" to me just for the listener.

And why would I empathize with him in the first place anyway? You're feeling so sad about "fucking bitches" and trying to engage in intercourse with somebody you know is in a relationship? Boo fucking hoo, cry me a fucking river, arsehole.

And it just goes on and on until you're begging for the sweet mercy of the end. Whenever I listen to this, it feels like it NEVER ENDS.

My dislike of this song is also compounded by the fact that it is this song that he will probably be remembered for rather than the vastly superior "Can't Feel My Face" (3 weeks for CFMF, compared to 6 weeks (and counting) for this in the US). I'm not sure if I have ever recalled having such completely different opinions of 2 hit songs from an artist at the same period of time than I have with these two songs.

Anyway, this can just piss off. A complete and utter nightmare. One of the worst songs of 2015, and could perhaps drop to a 1* rating if it frustrates me even more than it already does.

3* -> 2*

EDIT 2: I absolutely deplore this now. I can't believe I've even left it at a 2* rating for so long, it nowhere near deserves it.

The Nicki Minaj and Eminem remixes were sheer overkill, and the amount of times I heard this just made me sick.

I can honestly say that I believe that Eminem's rap on the remix is the worst thing he's ever done. Worse than "Just Lose It" and even "FACK". It is just so incredibly pointless and flavourless, it really just erases whatever diminishing edge and charisma that he was barely clutching on to in the first place. I hope you're happy The Weeknd, dragging down a once almighty rap legend in your web of crap.

This is unquestionably the worst song of the year. Meghan Trainor and even Silento have released songs in 2015 which have offered me more than this.

2* -> 1*
Last edited: 27/12/2015 15:11
*****
I agree with the solid production which entails this track.

Amongst my favourites from 'Beauty Behind The Madness'.

4 --> 5 --> 6
Last edited: 09/10/2015 09:24
***
Not really feeling much here tbh.
***
Regular
**
Every now and then you hear a song being played too much that isn't really in your favour. This is that song of the moment. In short, this is too crude for my liking for such extensive overplay.
*****
Multitude of things that suck when an artist you like reaches a new-found level of popularity:

1. The phrase 'knew them before/when they were cool' is so done-to-death and interpolated that there's no way of genuinely acknowledging the fact without being made out as a jerk.
2. First impressions last, and not much hurts quite as much as hearing someone dismiss an artist when they've not heard the full breadth of what they have to offer. Even worse is when you're held in contempt for identifying as a fan because the artist will now be first identified by the popular stuff so that's the stuff you like.
3. As a fan of the artist, it so commonly rings true that the reason they become popular is because they've managed to dilute their sound to fit in, taking away what made you like them in the first place. This makes the 2nd item even more frustrating.

On item 1, one thing that rarely gets enough attention is how much that phrase is really just a well-earned victory lap. Because to support an unknown artist is to go against the crowd. It is to potentially cop ridicule for your unpopular choice. It is to have to accept (for the time being) that the artist you like is never going to be part of the conversation. Heck, I fashioned part of my username on social media after a song by an artist I like. It had to be that artist because even if they're not my favourite artist, they stand out so egregiously for being so much less popular than other artists I like just as much. Perhaps most annoying is the fact that no one really wants to change the current state, which manifests itself in a lot of 'hmm nah's when you try to spread the word about the artist.

Really nobody wins in these cases. Because for the person who was initially dismissive, should they remember when that was the case, they have to find a way to get through the inevitable conversation underlying why they were sleeping on them in the first place, or if desperate enough, pretend they were never in the wrong just to save their own skin.

The main thing to take away from this is to not just like something because it's popular. The moment you do that, you are instantly, relatively not liking something because it's not popular. And of course, it's the combined force of all these stalwarts that does nothing but prevent new voices from breaking through.

Anyway hardly any of this applies to The Weeknd. Dude had Drake backing him from the very start, if anything he could have less help. I just use him as an example to try and articulate the weirdness of being a fan since "House of Balloons" and then seeing him knock himself off the top of the Billboard Hot 100. More importantly though, The Weeknd being popular means that by saying this here, more people will likely read it lol.

So while the first point doesn't apply, the other two certainly do. Because really The Weeknd was in a sweet spot in the middle, where he was popular enough that he could make a splash through playing his cards right because he had the support, but he wasn't popular enough to stop him from reaching the ears of people who really don't get his whole vibe and the context to it. My exasperation at his success isn't just as a whiplash sort of thing, it's because the music he was making just was not suited to mainstream acceptance. I mean, he made dark, twisted R&B songs about drugs & sex and didn't at all paint them in a pleasant way. It's a shtick he's stuck with from the very beginning. The character he plays isn't pleasant either, which is important to note because it would be near indefencible if played straight.

This can all apply to "The Hills" funnily enough. Because contrary to the idea that an artist can only become popular by watering down their edges, this smash hit is so akin to his music of old that it amazes me. Granted, it's a bit higher budget than before, but the fact that something like this can be the most heard song on US radio for an entire month amazes me. Heck, a third of the songs that went to #1 on the US radio chart in 2015 were by The Weeknd.

While better than his last project, I'm not totally sure "Beauty Behind The Madness" really makes the grade, but this is undoubtedly a highlight on it. One that I was initially weary of due to the high pitched vocals & heavy bass in the chorus not really feeling like they mixed well at all, but it slowly sunk in with me. It's a serious earworm that accomplishes that while sounding quite unlike anything else, meaning you have to give it attention.

In short, I'm happy for him, I love this track, and more people should listen to his 2011 stuff.
******
Not a mainstream pop. Like It.
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