The Weeknd comes alive in his transformative new album Starboy.
The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) had no trouble resurfacing into the music scene with the melodic album title track after hiding away for a minute to refocus his artistry on a sound that could connect the masses. Tesfaye's "Starboy" never quite captured the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 because The Chainsmokers' Halsey-assisted song "Closer" dominated the coveted position for 12 weeks (though it's currently sitting pretty at No. 3). As he does, Tesfaye will dust himself off and take what's rightfully his with the Beauty Behind the Madness followup; I feel it coming.
In the time since dropping the initial release, the R&B singer has generously shared album cuts "Party Monster" with Lana Del Rey, "I Feel It Coming" featuring Daft Punk and "False Alarm." The LP, which is out now, also features Kendrick Lamar on "Sidewalks" and 13 new solo tracks (18 in total).
Without further adieu...
Tesfaye mentioned in a recent interview with Zane Lowe (see below) he preferred not to have released the tracklist, but because the label shipped out physical copies, he wanted to intercept potential leaks.
Ahead of the album, Tesfaye shared a 12-minute short-film titled Mania, boasting a half-a-dozen of the record's tracks, some new, some familiar, and incorporated a brooding thematic scheme he's infamous for (which you can revisit below):
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The "Party Monster" monster also sat down with Apple's Beats 1 host Zane Lowe to dish on the creative process of making Starboy, including collaborating with Kendrick Lamar, who he describes as “a genius,” working with Daft Punk, staying sober and cutting off his signature hairdo for something lighter (and according to him, easier to perform in).