The Weeknd reveals cover, title of new album
NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - It seems that The Weeknd's last album -- Beauty Behind the Madness -- has hardly faded from radio and streaming playlists. But the Canadian superstar is ready to bring new music to his fans. He took to social media on Wednesday to reveal the name and cover art for his next album. It will be called Starboy, to be released November 25, 2016.
The striking cover art for Starboy shows The Weeknd shorn of his signature hair. The photo was taken Nabil, the noted photographer and filmmaker.
The Weeknd, 26, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, rose to mainstream success in recent years after debuting three "mixtapes" (House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence) for free online in 2011, which generated a ton of underground interest. He now boasts Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Daft Punk among his megastar friends, fans, and collaborators.
"The Hills" and "Can't Feel My Face" from Beauty Behind the Madness were big hits. "Earned It" from the Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation was nominated for an Oscar for best original song (you can't get more mainstream than that). He also has two Grammys and eight Billboard Awards.
"I want to dedicate this award to the late, great Prince. Rest in Peace," The Weeknd said at the Billboard Awards ceremony. "I was told not long ago that his last TV appearance he had given me an award. That was the greatest experience of my entire life and I love him so much." The Weeknd has cited Prince and Michael Jackson as two of his biggest influences.
The Weeknd is headlining Day 1 of The Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens (Oct. 1-2).
Updated to include release date of album.