Over the years, The Weeknd has become a star capable of building new, vibrant and immersive worlds alongside the releases of his albums. His 2020 album, After hours, was arguably his first big business to draw a line between Abel Tesfaye and the character of The Weeknd, portraying the latter as the blood-covered, red-suit protagonist we now know and love to navigate a dark, twisted world filled with drugs, parties and women intending to kill him. Now the “Blinding Lights” singer is putting it all back together with his follow-up album, Dawn FM – his fifth studio album and the next chapter for his tortured main character.
After teasing the project for months on social media, The Weeknd officially announced the album’s (very) imminent arrival on Monday, releasing an official trailer that teased a “new world of sound from the mind of The Weeknd “. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long to see the full project: the album is slated for release on Friday, January 7, giving everyone a few days to prepare for the trials and tribulations The Weeknd will be going through this time around.
Below, read on for everything we know about the album, including its startling list of features, themes, and more.
When Dawn FM to be freed?
Dawn FM (stylized dawn FM) will be released on Friday January 7, 2022 on XO Records.
What songs will be on Dawn FM?
The already released song “Take My Breath” is the album’s lead single and has already set it up to be a dark, dancing new era for The Weeknd.
While the rest of the record’s tracklist has yet to be revealed, its songs have been described by a GQ writer who has heard a few tunes like “packed with party records.” Like real party discs with illuminated white tiles on the floor. Quincy Jones meets Giorgio Moroder meets party records for the best night of your life.
The Weeknd himself said simply, âThis is the album I always wanted to make.
Who will be on the album?
contrary to After hours which had no features on its standard version, Dawn FM boasts a short and impressive list of guest appearances from longtime collaborators and new faces. Comedian and actor Jim Carrey, Quincy Jones, Lil Wayne, Oneohtrix Point Never and Tyler the Creator have all been announced to play roles in the album’s musical universe, according to the album. official trailer.
Carrey in particular is an unexpected new face in The Weeknd’s universe, and it’s unclear what role he’ll play on the next album. In one GQ interview from 2021, The Weeknd revealed he first met Carrey at his 30th birthday party after bonding with him over telescopes. âHe literally lived like two buildings from my house. He had a telescope and I had a telescope, âhe said. GQ. âHe said to me, ‘Where do you live? What floor do you live on? ‘ I was like, Blah, blah, blah. And we looked through our telescope windows and we could see each other. “
As for background collaborators, Max Martin and Oscar Holter, the two producers behind the 2019 hit âBlinding Lightsâ, returned to the project as songwriters for the lead single âTake My Breathâ. .
What themes will Dawn FM blanket?
Since it’s The Weeknd after all, Dawn FM will likely cover his usual themes of sex, drugs, partying, rowdy love stories, etc. Notably, the album also appears to be structured around a fictional radio station, 103.5 Dawn FM, suggesting that a deeper thematic and narrative concept will exist around his songs, as will the bloody, builder-like main character that he created around After hours.
The brief trailer for the album seems to confirm this theory, as a male voice can be heard throughout the video, ominously stating, âYou’ve been in the dark for too long. It’s time to walk in the light and accept your destiny with open arms. Consider us already there.