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"This is his debut album…"
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I have been following The Weekend for a few years now and I have three of his mixtapes: "House of Balloons," "Thursday" and "Echoes of Silence." Mixtapes are typically considered different from original albums in that they may contain more remixes or covers. On great mixtapes - like those by Kanye West as well as The Weeknd - artists creates unique works by allowing his or her individual style to show through on original tracks as well as covers and remixes. They provide great examples of the incredible work that can be created in remix culture.
So if an artist generates three startlingly original works that include remixes, should his or her fourth work still be called a ‘debut?’ Do fans really still care about debuts, or is debut simply an overused marketing term? Is the first work an artist uploads to YouTube or SoundCloud really his or her debut?