When The Weeknd dropped “Blinding Lights” — recently mentioned Billboard‘s no. 1 Hot 100 song of all time – way back in 2019 the world was a very different place. The album that followed, After hours, was released in March 2020, right around the time the coronavirus pandemic led to global lockdowns. Since then, it feels like we’ve all aged about 70 years. The Weeknd probably agrees.
That’s a reading of the album cover for his next album, titled Dawn FM, which shows the artist caked with old men’s make-up (liver spots and all) and made wise with long gray hair and a gray beard. As he announced earlier this week, Dawn FM will fall on Friday (January 7).
In recent years, The Weeknd has toyed with his own image, distorting his own features into an “Instagram face” for the “Save Your Tears” video, and appearing regularly in his other music videos and TV appearances wrapped in gory bandages. This latest foray into face modification fits right in.
One notable place where he looked like he was himself was the Super Bowl LV halftime show in 2021, proving that the artist born Abel Tasfaye is easily one of the biggest stars in the world and is therefore fully capable of recording the first near-surprise album. of the year to be released.
Based on a trailer he released along with the album announcement, Dawn FM is “a new sonic universe from the mind of The Weeknd” and has an impressive and unusual guest list. Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne and electronic talent Oneohtrix Point Never are all mentioned, as are music legend Quincy Jones and Tesfaye’s compatriot Jim Carrey, of all people.
A voiceover from the title’s fictional radio station concludes the trailer with an ominous and vaguely cultic message: “You’ve been in the dark for far too long. It’s time to walk into the light and embrace your destiny with open arms.” accept.”
So, how are you going to spend the next three days until The Weeknd’s fifth album, Dawn FM, drops on Friday?