It’s been three years since The Weeknd dropped his last album, Starboy, itself only a year after Beauty Behind The Madness. Since then, The Weeknd’s followup album has taken some more time, but fans haven’t been left completely without music. Following a 6-song EP in spring 2018 and a handful of collaborations since, The Weeknd is finally back with a new solo song. “Heartless” previews his long-awaited upcoming album, expected early in 2020.
“Heartless” begins in a swirl of kaleidoscopic music, a beat grounding it before The Weeknd starts his first verse. He sings about his directionless, destructive habits, repeating the same tropes common throughout his music. On the chorus, The Weeknd uses these bad habits as evidence that he’s actually heartless. Maybe money and fame have made him this way, but no matter how much he tries, he can’t overcome his stone-cold ways. Rather than marriage in his future, he only foresees misery. The only glimmer of hope here is in the bridge, but even then The Weeknd doesn’t know he deserves it:
I thought I lost you this time
You just came back in my life
You never gave up on me
I’ll never know what you see
Listen to “Heartless” below:
In addition to “Heartless,” fans can also get ready to hear another new song, “Blinding Lights,” later this week. A clip of the song appears in a new Mercedes commercial, with a full video due out on Friday. See the commercial – featuring The Weeknd himself – below:
The Weeknd In Review
The Weeknd’s last album, Starboy, came out in fall 2016, hot on the heels of his 2015 record, Beauty Behind The Madness. It launched singles like “Starboy,” “False Alarm,” “I Feel It Coming,” and “Secrets.” In 2017, he also joined frequent collaborator Lana Del Rey on her single, “Lust For Life,” the title track from her fourth studio album.
Early in 2018, The Weeknd teamed up with Kendrick Lamar for the Black Panther single, “Pray For Me.” His last solo project was a 6-song EP, My Dear Melancholy, featuring the single “Call Out My Name.”
Earlier this year, The Weeknd featured on several more singles, including Nav’s “Price On My Head,” Gesaffelstein’s controversial “Lost In The Fire,” and the Game Of Thrones song “Power Is Power” with SZA and Travis Scott.
The Weeknd has been working a new album, and it looks like we’re finally getting really close to hearing it! Enjoy “Heartless,” get ready for “Blinding Lights,” and keep checking back here for all the latest music news.