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Hear the Weeknd's latest sex jam 'Often'

 Let’s see: pitch-black synth tones, cavernous reverb, warped vocal samples, explicit lyrical references to kinky sex stuff, explicit lyrical references to doing brain-melting amounts of drugs–yep, “Often” is definitely a Weeknd song. And if you’re filling out your Weeknd bingo card, you can also mark the box that says “released with no warning or commentary” for the win.

If there’s one thing that sets the track, which the perpetually enigmatic singer dropped on SoundCloud last night, apart from his usual work, it’s the atypically aggressive edge that comes through in the stuttering kick drums and a vocal part that crowds the beat in a compellingly claustrophobic way. It’s hard to hear it and not wish he’d brought more of that energy to last fall’s underperforming Kiss Land.

Find a stereo that can handle its insanely deep bass, put on your official Weeknd fashion sweats, and hit the jump to stream it.

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What's on 'New Girl' star Hannah Simone's iPod: Canadian classics and Compton covers

You probably know Hannah Simone best as Cece, best friend to Zooey Deschanel’s Jess on New Girl — but Simone got her first on-camera exposure as a host on Canada’s MuchMusic.

“The great thing about a job like that is you’re talking to people about their passion and about what they love, so I don’t think I ever had an interview that I didn’t really enjoy,” said Simone of her experience on the Canadian music network.

Not surprisingly, she has carried a lot of great Canadian artists around with her on her iPod, though there’s also room for Cat Stevens and a novelty cover of a Snoop Dogg song.

Leonard Cohen, “Bird On A Wire”
“I just spent the weekend with my family, and our whole conversation seemed to revolve around Leonard Cohen. I’m crazy about him, and I have been for a long time. I’ve bought every album he’s ever had and every book of his poetry. I went to Coachella once, and it was only to go see Leonard Cohen. I got in the car and sat through all the crazy traffic in L.A. to get there—instead of a two hour drive it takes like six hours. Then I watched his set and turned around and left. I just so wanted to see him perform in the desert.

The other time I saw him was when I was in Toronto, and a friend surprised me with tickets. I went on my own and sat by myself. It was like being at church. Everybody sat pin-drop silent. I love the song ‘Bird on a Wire’ — It’s an amazing lyric: ‘Like a drunk in a midnight choir.’ He’s so incredible, and a Canadian to boot.”

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On the album charts: Keith Urban ekes out a win over The Weeknd; 2 Chainz and Janelle Monae also sell big

Thanks in part to its lead single “Little Bit of Everything,” Keith Urban’s  newest album, Fuse, did a lot bit of winning on the Billboard charts this week, debuting at no. 1 with 102,000 units sold.

Avant-R&B star The Weeknd came in a close second with 98K for Kiss Land, while jewelry enthusiast/amateur chef 2 Chainz landed at no. 3 with 60K, country superstar Luke Bryan held up strong at no. 4 with 52K, Janelle Monae’s The Electric Lady bowed in the top 5 with a respectable 47K, the Arctic Monkeys took the no. 6 spot with 39K, Sheryl Crow’s country-leaning Feels Like Home followed with 37K, Tamar Braxton dropped from 2 to 8 with 34K, and Ariana Grande, the queen of last week’s chart, dropped to no. 9.

Rounding out the top 10 was John Legend’s latest, Love in the Future.

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