The Weeknd simply saved us up ‘After Hours’! The Canadian crooner introduced his A-game to the ‘SNL’ stage and we have been grooving proper alongside!
The Weeknd, 30, sounds higher than ever! The Toronto-based singer — born Abel Tesfaye — simply debuted his new music “Scared To Live Again” and we felt like he was singing proper to us. The emotional new observe delves right into a tense previous relationship, and the struggles each of them have after a break-up. “When I saw the signs I shouldn’t have let you go, but I kept you beside me/And if I held you back, at least I held you close/Should have known you were lonely,” he sings, exhibiting off his unimaginable vary. “I know things will never be the same…the whole reason you forgot to love,” he croons.
Rocking that very same bloody nostril and purple dinner jacket ensemble from the brief movie titled After Hours (tying the identify of the album and the music collectively), Abel is taking some severe cues from the ’80s and the legendary Michael Jackson. Even the brilliant stage lights have been giving us Dynasty vibes, and he completely owns it! “Scared to live again, scared to live again,” he belts out on the refrain, singing about his ex who finds it tough to maneuver on after solely understanding how one can love him. While it’s unclear who the observe may be about, it undoubtedly appears pointed at a first-love state of affairs from approach again fairly than his more moderen romances with Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez. Unexpectedly, the observe additionally samples Elton John‘s iconic “Your Song” — significantly the memorable line, “I hope you don’t mind.”
For his first efficiency, The Weeknd got here out sturdy with lead single “Blinding Lights.” The synth-heavy tune had us dancing proper on our sofa and it was actually top-of-the-line performances we’ve seen on SNL in a very long time! Early on within the efficiency, Abel tossed out his ear piece, presumably as a result of listening to points — however that didn’t cease him from showcasing his stellar expertise. “I look around and Sin City’s cold and empty (oh)/No one’s around to judge me (oh)/I can’t see clearly when you’re gone,” he sang — faux-bloody nostril and purple jacket in-tact — as he walked across the stage. “Oooh, I’m blinded by the lights,” he continued, earlier than yelling “New York City!” The viewers was extra audible than ever as he wrapped up the music, with the whoops and screams loud and clear proper by our tv units!
To tie into the upcoming album — which is scheduled for launch on Mar. 20 — Abel additionally dropped a brief movie simply days earlier than SNL. In the 5 minute clip, a bloody Weeknd is seen smiling, as soon as once more, with that band-aid on his nostril. The mission was directed by Anton Tammi — who additionally directed his current movies for “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless” — and begins as he finishes acting on Jimmy Kimmel Live (yup, Jimmy Kimmel himself makes a cameo). The singer casually makes his approach by a subway station, as he rapidly is dragged by a supernatural drive! A pair then seems in an elevator, and it seems the singer probably commits a heinous crime as the girl is heard screaming by the door.
All eyes have undoubtedly been on the R&B star, as his single “Blinding Lights” simply hit the highest spot on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart. The #1 marks his seventh on that significantly chart, setting a file for an artist, and the observe has additionally had large worldwide success going to the #1 spot for airplay in a number of European nations and Australia. After Hours marks his first album launch since 2016’s critically acclaimed Starboy and followers appear greater than prepared for the brand new tunes!
As a part of the brand new album launch, Abel can also be hitting the street for an additional tour alongside Don Toliver, Sabrina Claudio and 88Glam. He kicks off a collection of reveals in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 11, wrapping in Paris, France on Nov. 12.