According to recent statements made by The Weeknd, it appears that a number of 2020 events may influence the making of his next album.
While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has delayed the Canadian artist’s After Hours Tour until summer 2021, the super-successful singer/songwriter has been hard at work on his new LP, finding inspiration in the tumultuous events of this past year. In a recent magazine interview, The Weeknd stated, “I have been more inspired and creative during the pandemic than I might normally be while on the road…The pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and the tensions of the election have mostly created a sense of gratitude for what I have and closeness with the people near me.”
Released in March, just one week after the pandemic ground life to a sudden halt, After Hours debuted atop the Billboard 200, earning The Weeknd his fourth career No. 1 full length. During 2020, he also collaborated with Maluma (“Hawái” remix), Rosalía (“Blinding Lights” remix), Calvin Harris (“Over Now”) and Juice WRLD (“Smile”).