Musician and star of HBO’s The Idol, The Weeknd, has confirmed that he is “finishing” the third album in his latest trilogy.
The Canadian singer and producer – real name Abel Tesfaye – has said that he is finalising the successor to 2020’s After Hours and last year’s Dawn FM. It’s yet to be officially announced and named, but in a new interview, The Weeknd asserted that more information will be arriving “soon”.
He told Variety: “I’m finishing the third part of this saga, of this trilogy. The name of it will come out soon, but it’s not called what some fans think it’s called… what they think it’s called is actually a song on the album, but that’s not what the actual album is called [some fans speculated that it would be titled ‘After Life’]. So I’m just gonna say that.”
The artist is currently embarking on the final leg of his world ‘After Hours til Dawn Tour’, where he has mostly been performing in the day, as it’s “easier to connect” with fans.
“The performances are mostly in the daytime, so I get to see the audience,” he said. “It’s easier to connect with their eyes and feels a bit more intimate, so instead of a performance, it feels like more of a conversation with them.”
Continuing: “Every night I’m changing up the set — I never do that, it’s usually very formulaic — so I’m spicing it up and going into deep, deep, deep cuts and older songs. I’ll rehearse it the day-of, and if the band is down, we’ll just throw a mini-set in there… I feel very free and in control, and I’m having much more fun.”
The Weeknd has also released his cover of John Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’, coinciding with the fourth episode of The Idol.