The Weeknd is back and he wants you to know he's a "motherf*cking star, boy."
Less than 12 hours after unveiling the cover art for his forthcoming album, Starboy, the King of the Fall (sporting a new 'do) has released the project's title track and lead single.
Joining the drug and sex addicted Canadian crooner are French electronic duo Daft Punk, who appear for the first time since seemingly entering the global witness protection program the release of their 2013 GRAMMY-winning album Random Access Memories. Oddly, if you weren't just informed that Daft Punk-assisted The Weeknd in the creation of this record you might never have known.
In place of the disco-funk sound that motored the duo's hit singles "Get Lucky" and "Lose Yourself to Dance" are minimalist, laid-back, mid-tempo grooves courtesy of producers Cirkut and Doc McKinney. While the record is very un-Daft Punky in that it's not a dance number, on the other hand, there are several classic elements (the vocoder and the synth arrangements) present.
After five consecutive listens it's clear "Starboy" has the same mega-hit potential as "Often," "The Hills" and "Can't Feel My Face," along with a two-month runway to make the record pop. Although the artist has yet to formally announce the release date for his third full-length studio album, the follow-up to his 3x Platinum-certified smash Beauty Behind the Madness, a pre-order link is live on Apple Music with November 25 as the "circle your calendar" date.