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Emily Pennell-Templeton, Author

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      The Weeknd recently released his album, Starboy, after the release of the title track and the single, False Alarm.

      Abel Tesfaye, popularly known as The Weeknd, is a musician that has been releasing music through XO and Republic Records. Artists like Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande are also signed to this label. The Weeknd recently released the much anticipated album, Starboy, on November 25th marking a new era. Starboy is his second album to debut at number one on the Billboard charts. Rankings are based on radio play, downloads, and online streaming. The album Beauty Behind the Madness was his first.

      Like Beauty Behind the Madness, Starboy features artists like Lana Del Rey. However this album also features Kendrick Lamar, Future, and Daft Punk. The integration of these artists creates an electric atmosphere through the audio and complimenting vocals. For example, in the song ‘All I Know’, from the album Starboy, the gritty auto tuned vocals from the artist Future clashes with soft vocals from The Weeknd. The audio is an electronic soul pop emphasizing his iconic lyrics.

      The Weeknd’s newest album, Starboy, is an unusually tender album compared to past albums that advocate The Weeknd as a womanizing partier. The title track on the album, Kiss the Land, illustrates his cocky fresh persona that is indulged in the flashy nightlife of worldstars.

      While Starboy continues to carry this cool and important persona through songs like, Party Monster, it also somehow manages to emanate a romantic domain.

      The contrasting sounds and the scandalous lyrics create an alluring means of entertainment. The Weeknd used that appeal to build a reputation through his hit tracks over the years which inevitably guarantees a hype for any later albums and singles. Starboy’s number one place on the Billboard charts proves that this album is an unprecedented thrill that is playing everywhere.

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