With its immediate chart success, use of artistic music videos, and a recent single cover already making BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, The Weeknd’s latest album Starboy seems to have made a huge impression on the music industry.
Released on Friday, the R&B singer’s third studio album, immediately catapulted to the number one spot in charts spanning 80 countries.
The 18-track piece follows 2015’s Beauty Behind the Madness: an album that included the chart-topping hits, ‘The Hills’ and ‘I Can’t Feel My Face.’
It also featured the academy-award nominated, ‘Earned It’ which was penned as the lead single for the movie soundtrack to 50 Shades of Grey.
Starboy is a clear follow-up to its predecessor, with clear creative similarities between the two albums. The Weeknd has chosen to stick to what he does best, which is definitely not a bad thing. It is “classic Weeknd”, making use of his instantly recognisable vocals in a range of distinct melodic styles. The production in songs, such as ‘Die For You’ and ‘True Colors’, includes orchestral arrangements and mid-pace tempos that carry you to vocal apexes.
Debuting alongside the singer’s new look, Starboy also offers an updated version of The Weeknd by incorporating futuristic elements. Tracks such as ‘Party Monster’ and ‘Rockin’ make use of synthesisers and heavy electronic beats that you can’t help but feel would be fitting for a cosmic party scene. The two collaborations with dance-music royalty Daft Punk, suggest that may be exactly what The Weeknd was aiming for.
The mammoth album takes influences from a range of musicians, including Michael Jackson, Kanye West and Drake. Starboy is sure to stay relevant throughout the New Year, promising smash hits for 2017.
Listen to Starboy below:
Whilst you’re at it, check out the acclaimed music video for ‘False Alarm’ below: