The Weeknd Kicks Off ‘The Dawn’ Era With New Single, “Take My Breath
The Weeknd has had a whirlwind couple of years promoting his 2020 album, After Hours. With massive hits like “Blinding Lights” and “Save Your Tears,” it’s a wonder he’s had any time to record new music yet. But he has. The Weeknd is already gearing up for his next album, so far known as The Dawn, and we now have its lead single: “Take My Breath” is another radio-ready tune, and it comes with a new music video (and a new uniform for The Weeknd).
“Take My Breath” starts off as slickly as “Blinding Lights” does. A ticking bass and stomping beat, then shimmering synths, and in no time “Take My Breath” has kicked into a clubby bop. The verses are smooth, The Weeknd echoing each line with a falsetto response. But although the verses are promising, the chorus is just a tad lackluster by comparison. The Weeknd’s shouts of “take my breath” make the song less sultry fun and more agitated. Not bad by any means, but also not in danger of outdoing his other recent singles.
The music video is polished, too. As the song skitters in, The Weeknd can be seen strutting into the sunset, confident and ready for an exciting night. He ends up in a dark club full of people dancing on the floor, but The Weeknd is instantly drawn to a woman standing alone by a column. They have an instant connection, and soon enough they’re on a bed, ignoring the woman standing guard nearby. But their kink seems to be breathing in from an oxygen mask; they’d certainly be ready for a plane’s crash landing. Eventually, things get even more out of hand when the woman decides to strangle The Weeknd with her hair. (Okay, weird.) As the song ends, he wakes up, on his back on the dance floor, struggling to breathe.
Watch the music video for “Take My Breath” below:
You can stream or buy “Take My Breath” from all the music providers here. It will appear on The Weeknd’s upcoming album, The Dawn, due out this fall.
More From The Weeknd
Last year, The Weeknd released his acclaimed album, After Hours. In addition to the singles “Heartless,” “Blinding Lights,” “In Your Eyes,” and “Save Your Tears,” The Weeknd also shared the title track as a promo single, performed the ballad “Scared To Live” on SNL, and shared music videos for “Until I Bleed Out,” “Snowchild,” and “Too Late.”
The Weeknd has also shared numerous remixes of his After Hours songs. In May 2020 he remixed “Blinding Lights” with Chromatics; it was one of five remixes on his After Hours (Remixes) EP. He later offered two remixes of “In Your Eyes”: one featuring Doja Cat and one with Kenny G. Last December, The Weeknd and Spanish singer Rosalía teamed up for a remix of “Blinding Lights.” Finally, in April, Ariana Grande joined him on a remix of “Save Your Tears.”
Last summer, The Weeknd’s single with the late Juice WRLD, “Smile,” came out. We also got “Over Now,” a song he did with Calvin Harris. At the end of October, Ariana Grande released her latest album, Positions. The Weeknd joined her on the song “Off The Table,” their second of three collaborations together. In early November, The Weeknd teamed up with Maluma for a remix of “Hawái.”
In June this year, The Weeknd and Doja Cat teamed up again, this time for “You Right” from her album Planet Her. Just two weeks ago, The Weeknd also featured on “Better Believe” with Belly and Young Thug.
Enjoy The Weeknd’s new single “Take My Breath” and its music video, and get ready for his next album, The Dawn. It could easily be here before the year is over! We have plenty more from The Weeknd coming our way, so keep checking back here for all the latest music news.
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