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Sunday, March 21, 2021 4:00pm ET by Pressparty
The Weeknd Re-releases Debut “Mixtape House of Balloons”
Ten years ago, an anonymous force emerged from the shadows in Toronto and took the first step towards changing popular music forever. The story started before nominations at the Academy Awards and halftime shows at the Super Bowl.
On March 21, 2011, The Weeknd first unveiled his groundbreaking debut mixtape House of Balloons. Today, a decade later to the date, it has been made available on all streaming platforms for the first time in its original incarnation, including original samples. This marks the first time House of Balloons has appeared on DSPs in its purest and most powerful form.
The interior of the varsity jacket features a custom camouflage pattern, mixing The Weeknd's silhouette with Arsham Studio colorways inspired by and reminiscent of The Weeknd's outfit at his first live show in 2011 at Toronto's Mod Club.
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Standard HOUSE OF BALLOONS VINYL:
An expansive 12-piece apparel collection ranging from $45-$120.
Capping off 2011, House of Balloons graced over a dozen year-end lists. Complex christened it the “best album of 2011,” while it landed in the Top 10 of annual roundups by Stereogum at #5, The A.V. Club at #6, and Pitchfork at #10. It closed out the year as Metacritic’s “third-best reviewed project of the year.” As the genesis of The Weeknd’s mythos, its influence only continues to grow.
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