Thursday is the second mixtape by Canadian recording artist The Weeknd, released as a free download on August 18, 2011, through his website. It follows his critically acclaimed, Polaris Music Prize-nominated debut mixtape House of Balloons (2011). Its music incorporates downtempo, dubstep, hip hop, rock, and reggae styles. As with his previous works, Canadian producers Doc McKinney and Illangelo were responsible for production of the mixtape. Young Money artist Drake contributes guest vocals to the track “The Zone”.
Upon its release, Thursday received generally positive reviews from critics, who drew comparisons to House of Balloons. “Rolling Stone” and “The Birds Part 1” were released as buzz singles to precede the mixtape’s release. Thursday was later remastered and packaged with The Weeknd’s compilation album Trilogy (2012).