It's no small wonder for every song from a single album to break the Billboard Hot 100; for any artist to do it twice is unheard of, until now. The Weeknd (AKA Abel Tesfaye) makes chart history this week, with his newest album, My Dear Melancholy, in no small part due to producer Adam Feeney (AKA Frank Dukes).
Feeney, with such production credits as Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP 2, had no intention of being a record producer, but skateboarding as a teenager turned him on to rap. The beats fascinated him, so he studied them intently in order to recreate them, and eventually his own. Pulling inspiration from not only the hip hop greats, but also the likes of Phil Spector, David Axelrod, and Gamble & Huff, Feeney went on to work with everyone from 50 Cent to Camila Cabello.
In recent years, Adam has made his talents all the more accessible, with The Kingsway Library. A response to his own difficulty clearing samples, this resource allows creators access to affordable 'stock' beats (all created by Feeney) without the hassle of the typical clearance process. In fact, Feeney himself has stated that he "created the Kingsway Music Library as an archive of ideas for producers to access, knowing that they’re going to be able to sample something and get a fair split on the publishing.” Even Drake has used a number of them in his releases.
The Toronto producer's recent visibility can only help his cause - fostering new creative minds, even as a hitmaker-for-hire.
New to the chart this week is Queen Naija, a former American Idol finalist, with her song "Medicine."
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