The Weeknd scored four Top 10 hits over the past two years: “The Hills,” “Can’t Feel My Face,” “Earned It,” and Ariana Grande’s “Love Me Harder.” His last album Beauty Behind the Madness went multi-platinum.
So you’d think that makes him a bonafide pop star, right?
Nope, the Weeknd isn’t a pop star. He’s, uh, a … Starboy.
The Toronto singer revealed the title for his third LP along with his album cover. The title has been floating around on his social media for a while (he’s since wiped all posts from his Instagram account), but the Weeknd’s tweet officially confirms it. The Weeknd doesn’t elaborate whether it refers to Nigerian artist Wizkid’s label or some subversion of the David Bowie song. We’re just left with the following tweet.
NEW ALBUM COVER / TITLE shot by NABIL #STARBOY pic.twitter.com/tkZuVQ2SY5
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) September 21, 2016
There’s not much to report here outside of the Weeknd’s new hair. He’s shaved his Basquiat-do for a much less confounding caesar. By that measure alone, Starboy is already a classic.