It has begun.
After much anticipation, The Weeknd returns with his new album After Hours. In addition to the hit singles “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless,” the 14-track set includes contributions from Belly, Metro Boomin, Max Martin, Illangelo, and Oneohtrix Point Never. Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker appears on “Repeat After Me (Interlude),” while The Weeknd samples Elton John’s “You Song” on “Scared to Live,” which he debuted on “SNL.”
And it couldn’t come at a better time. The follow-up to 2016’s Starboy arrives amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Weeknd hopes his music will help fans cope with the uncertain times. “Let the music heal us all during these dark times,” he told TMZ.
After Hours is dedicated to his loyal fan Lance, who passed away just days before its release. “you were one of the true original backbones of my XO fan base,” said The Weeknd. “I’m dedicating After Hours to you, my friend.”
Next up, The Weeknd is set to hit the road on his “After Hours Tour.” The 62-date world tour kicks off June 11 in Vancouver with special guests Sabrina Claudio and Don Toliver.