Contact Us

The Weeknd Covers R. Kelly’s Classic Ballad ‘Down Low’ [LISTEN]

The Weeknd reworks R. Kelly’s classic 1995 ballad, “Down Low.” The song premiered on OVOSOUND radio on Saturday night (Sept. 9).

The Grammy-winning singer stays true to the original lyrics with the production getting a slight upgrade with a knocking beat and downing piano groove. “Keep it on the down low / Nobody has to know,” Abel sings in his signature falsetto.

Some people might give the Weeknd the side-eye for covering an R. Kelly track considering that the Chicago singer is currently embroiled in a public scandal where he’s being accused of holding several different women hostage in an alleged sex cult.

This isn’t the first time the Weeknd has covered a song by an R&B icon. The 27-year-old crooner notably covered Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana” on his 2011 effort, Echoes of Silence. He also reworked Beyonce’s love anthem, “Drunk In Love” in 2014.

In the meantime, the Weekend is ready to embark on the second leg of his “Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour” with special guests Gucci Mane and NAV. The 33-city North American trek will kick off in Boston on Tuesday (Sept. 12). You can peep the Weeknd’s full tour itinerary here.

Check out the Weeknd’s song above.

50 Greatest New Jack Swing Albums

Best of WTUG

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wtug.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for WTUG VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive WTUG VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.