The Weeknd Reveals Big News & Details of Working with Daft Punk
On September 22, 2016, The Weeknd released the lead single and title track of his upcoming third studio album Starboy. The Canadian R&B singer/songwriter shook the music world by unleashing a collaboration with none other than Daft Punk.
"Starboy," featuring the famed French electronic duo, became an instant hit, soaring to number one and the top ten in several countries. After debuting at number 40 on Billboard Hot 100, the tune quickly climbed to number three, marking Daft Punk's second top 10 single. It was the biggest leap in the charts since Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood."
In an in-depth interview with The Wall Street Journal, The Weeknd, otherwise known as Abel Tesfaye, revealed what it was like working with Daft Punk, slipping in a massive announcement for dance music fans.
"Their studio is like a spaceship; there's a lot of gear. But the way they make music, the way they explain it, is very cinematic. It's like they're reading a page out of a novel – 'We want to make sure that at the end, it feels like the sun's coming up, and maybe there's a car chase.' They can get technical, but it was interesting how they visualize making music."
While describing the experience of working with Daft Punk, Abel mentioned that "the remarkably spontaneous sessions yielded two songs on the album." That's right. Fans can expect another one of these dream collaborations.
The full album, which will arrive on November 25th, was heavily inspired by music icons David Bowie and Prince, Abel told the The Wall Street Journal. The name "Starboy" pays homage to the late David Bowie's "Starman."
"I just love Bowie; I think he's the ultimate inventor," Abel said.
The Weeknd and Prince were set to collaborate on a tune for the album before Prince's untimely death on April 21, 2016 of an opioid overdose.
Starboy is available for pre-order on iTunes.