Critically-acclaimed Canadian ALT/R&B trailblazer, The Weeknd and the initiative behind him, XO, have forged a strategic partnership with Republic Records (division of UMG) and Universal Music Canada. The artist/producer is set to release Trilogy, in stores and online November 13, 2012 as part of this high-profile partnership. Trilogy contains his highly lauded mixtapes, House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence, all mixed and mastered for the first time. In addition to the 27 original cuts, both the physical and digital editions will feature new, unreleased material. It's an impressive collection and the perfect introduction to his enigmatic and entrancing sound. Last year, House of Balloons instantly stirred up unparalleled excitement from tastemakers. Complex extolled the mixtape as the "best album of 2011," and Pitchfork bestowed the "Best New Music" title upon it. Dominating year-end lists across the board, it claimed number five on Stereogum, number six on The A.V. Club, number eight on The Guardian (UK), and number 13 on Spin. Other praise came from MTV, BET, Rolling Stone, XXL, and The Source who even named him the "songbird of his generation."