The Weeknd released “Starboy” and paired it with an extremely metaphorical music video. Rumor has it that this is a preface to the upcoming album to be released November 25th, also entitled Starboy. This track obviously has The Weeknd’s signature vocals, but it is much more pop, which likely can be attributed to Daft Punk.
In my opinion, the “Starboy” video is much more significant to The Weeknd and where he plans to go with this upcoming album. It opens with a very 2010 Nicki Minaj from Kanye West’s “Monster” move, essentially killing the old version of himself. The Weeknd emerges with a diamond filled cross, all leather, sporting a new haircut and Drake-esque shape up. His cross is not the only religious overtone, the revitalized The Weeknd takes a glowing cross off the wall and carries it (almost like Jesus?) and proceeds to smash all of the awards and evidence of wealth in the apartment. He also states “I come alive in the fall time” which clearly states his opinion of this upcoming fall album. As he drives off, a black cat gets into the car with him, but in the next shot it has transformed into a panther. So does The Weeknd feel that his 2012 cat-like self will be transformed into a panther with this album? I guess we’ll be the judge of that on November 25th.
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