2016 has been a busy year for Canadian singer Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, more popularly known as The Weeknd, after appearing on both Beyonce and Kanye West’s most recent albums and being listed in Spotify’s top five most streamed artists around the world. However, in that time he has managed to complete the follow up album to Beauty Behind the Madness released last year.
Starboy’s genre remains in a similar field to his previous attempts and does not feel as though it has been compromised to make it to the top of the charts just because he is a million selling artist these days. There is an R&B theme explored through the song ‘True Colours’ which is a slower ballad where we get to hear more of Tesfaye’s vocal range.
The album has so far spawned three singles including the latest, ‘Party Monster’, being very much what we might expect from The Weeknd with a slight electric feel. However, the song features backing vocals from Lana Del Ray which have cleverly been incorporated. Del Ray also makes a further appearance on the album in the short track ‘Stargirl Interlude’ which acts as a bridge between the first and second half of the album.
‘False Alarm’ would appear to be a good choice of next single from the album with its upbeat feel and fast paced rhythm sure to be a favourite with fans. That being said, whatever song is chosen as the next single from the album Mr Tesfaye is laughing all the way to the bank with 350,000 copies sold in the first week of release in the US alone.