Stream The Weeknd’s ‘House of Balloons’ in its original form

Released in celebration of the mixtape’s 10-year anniversary.

The Weeknd had reissued his critically acclaimed debut mixtape, 2011’s House of Balloons, in its original form on streaming services for the first time.

The original version of House of Balloons sampled music by Aaliyah, Beach House, Cocteau Twins and more. However, due to clearance issues, a reworked version of the mixtape without the samples was released on streaming services in 2012 as part of his Trilogy compilation, which also housed Thursday and Echoes of Silence.

The Canadian crooner celebrated the tape’s 10-year anniversary this weekend by releasing the project in what he described on Twitter as its “original incarnation,” with its “original mixes and samples.”


Speaking with Variety last year, The Weeknd acknowledged that House of Balloons “changed the sound of pop music before [his] eyes” and reflected on its influence on the industry. “I heard ‘Climax,’ that [2012] Usher song, and was like, ‘Holy fuck, that’s a Weeknd song,” he said. “It was very flattering, and I knew I was doing something right, but I also got angry. But the older I got, I realized it’s a good thing.”

Earlier this year, The Weeknd headlined the Super Bowl halftime show in Tampa, Florida. The was featured the dramatic aesthetics of The Weeknd’s latest album After Hours, and featured a number of hits off that record, including “Blinding Lights” and “Save Your Tears.”

Stream House of Balloons in its original form below:


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