Just a few days after releasing “Heartless,” The Weeknd is back with another preview of his upcoming album. “Blinding Lights” is the second single from the untitled record, expected in 2020. And even though “Heartless” came first, “Blinding Lights” may be the superior song.
The track blurs into focus, a quick drum beat grounding it before synths straight out of the 1980s lighten it up. Low bass synths and twinkling higher ones give an ultra-retro soundtrack to The Weeknd’s lovelorn lyrics. After being alone for too long, he hopes that someone can teach him to love. The pre-chorus brings the energy up a notch, The Weeknd describing a cold and deserted Las Vegas. On the chorus, the song smooths out, solidifying its presence as a perfect pop single. “Blinding Lights” continues the best of Starboy, and promises an excellent album in the new year.
Listen to “Blinding Lights” below:
You can stream or download “Blinding Lights” from all the major music providers here. It’s expected to appear on his upcoming album, due in 2020.
The song and The Weeknd himself also appear in the new Mercedes-Benz commercial. Check it out:
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 “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless,” and stay tuned for more news about The Weeknd’s upcoming album. Keep checking back here for all the latest music news.
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