The Weeknd unveiled his album cover and title for his forthcoming project, Starboy.
The project, which will serve as a follow-up to his 2014 massive hit album, Beauty Behind the Madness, is still a mystery to fans. The Weeknd has yet to release a single, song title or feature set. But, we do know what it might sound like.
In an interview with VMAN, The Weeknd laid out his influencers for the LP.
“There are new inspirations on this album. The production feels aggressive but still sexy,” he said. “The Smiths, Bad Brains, Talking Heads, Prince, and DeBarge play roles. 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.”
As for his widely anticipated sophomore effort, The Weeknd says that it’s only just the start of what’s to come.
“Even though I’ve been putting out bodies of work for years, Beauty Behind the Madness felt like the beginning,” he continued in the same interview. “My purpose is to make exciting music, and I feel like I’ll be doing that for the rest of my life, so there’s no pressure. Nothing is stopping me from doing what I love to do.”
With that album title, we’re also wondering if David Bowie, who passed in January, also played an influence in the new music to come. But only time will tell.
No word yet on when the album will be released but check out the album cover above and let us know what you think in the comments.