The Weeknd — known at home as Abel Tesfaye — transformed from a moody, sultry and mysterious R&B artist, whose nights for long stretches blended due to drugs, alcohol and walking women out the front door only to never see them again, to a full-blown pop star.
The lights have never shone more bright on The Weeknd’s music, and it’s showing. The first four singles from his new album, Starboy, are some of his most energetic and sociable songs yet.
The album’s title track and final song, “I Feel It Coming,” both call on iconic French electronic duo Daft Punk to add rhythm and funk to his nights out, and “False Alarm” and “Party Monster” only amplify The Weeknd’s Starboy persona’s prototypical lifestyle of pushing life’s limits via bank robberies and destroying mansions with light saber crosses (as one does).
People know you if you worked on The Weeknd’s Starboy — Kendrick Lamar, Future, Lana Del Rey, Metro Boomin, Cashmere Cat and frequent collaborator Doc McKinney make appearances across the album’s 18-song, which are expected to be no less than a deep dive into being one of the world’s largest pop stars.
Find out who Starboy is below, and cop the album on iTunes.
UPDATE: The Weeknd performed a medley of the two Daft Punk-featured songs, “Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming,” on The Tonight Show. Watch it below.