Hear the title track of the R&B singer’s forthcoming third album
The track is driven by a loose electronic groove and melancholic piano chords. It’s the first major release from Daft Punk since 2013, when they released their album Random Access Memories and collaborated with Kanye West on Yeezus.
The Starboy album cover, shot by Nabil, reveals The Weeknd’s new look, depicting him with his signature hairstyle cropped shorter against a moody neon backdrop.
Speaking about Starboy’s sound with VMAN recently, the singer revealed that “the production feels aggressive but still sexy”, describing The Smiths, Bad Brains, Talking Heads, and Prince as influences. “We wrote it all in Los Angeles. I think it’ll be the best-sounding album I’ve ever done. It’s hard to label the sound because, when I first came out, nobody would label it R&B. I just want to keep pushing the envelope without it feeling forced.”
Revisit Dazed’s 2013 cover story with Daft Punk and Giorgio Moroder, and listen to “Starboy” below.