Today (Black Friday), The Weeknd liberates his sure-to-be explosive new album Starboy, a project preceded by the lead single of the same name (which features Daft Punk) and the more Pop-friendly (if not polarizing) ‘False Alarm‘.
Starboy boasts 18 tracks with additional appearances from Kendrick Lamar (whom he called a “genius” in a recent Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe), Future and Lana Del Rey; production comes from a plethora of artists across a variety of genres, including Cashmere Cat (who worked on four tracks), Doc McKinney, Ben Billions, Cirkut, Frank Dukes, Max Martin, Labrinth and Metro Boomin.
Starboy doesn’t arrive for the masses alone, either: after a teaser earlier in the week, The Weeknd — real name: Abel Tesfaye — also dropped a short film titled “MANIA”, a 12-minute adventure of sorts that was directed by go-to shooter Grant Singer and sees the star performing various cuts from the album in matching environments (ex. in the present of a huge cat, behind the wheel and on the dance floor). Keeping with past visual efforts, expect “MANIA” to feature a fair share of artistic violence as well.
You can stream The Weekend’s latest album (and visual) below. You can also check out more from his aforementioned sit-down with Zane Lowe here, which sees him speaking on cutting his hair, the making of Starboy and more.
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