The Weeknd has released his highly-anticipated third studio album.
The Canadian star surprised XO fans worldwide when he announced the album back in September. At around the same time, he revealed that this LP would be his “best sounding” effort yet.
“There are new inspirations on this album,” he said of the follow-up to last year’s Beauty Behind the Madness. “The production feels aggressive but still sexy. The Smiths, Bad Brains, Talking Heads, Prince, and DeBarge play roles. We wrote it all in Los Angeles. I think it’ll be the best-sounding album I’ve ever done. It’s hard to label the sound because, when I first came out, nobody would label it R&B. I just want to keep pushing the envelope without it feeling forced.”
The 18-track album includes features from Future, Kendrick Lamar, Daft Punk, and Lana Del Rey. On Wednesday (Nov. 23), The Weeknd unveiled the album’s short film Mania, which included the songs “All I Know,” “Sidewalks,” “Secrets,” “Party Monster” and “I Feel It Coming.”
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