The Weeknd's New Album Is Inspired by Bad Brains, Talking Heads and the Smiths

The Weeknd's New Album Is Inspired by Bad Brains, Talking Heads and the Smiths
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While the Weeknd has made headlines lately with two high-profile donations, the Toronto R&B singer recently let some details slip about his next musical move in following up his 2015 full-length Beauty Behind the Madness.

Speaking with VMAN for a cover story, the vocalist (born Abel Tesfaye) revealed that his forthcoming effort was inspired by a range of artists from different genres:

There are new inspirations on this album… The production feels aggressive but still sexy. The Smiths, Bad Brains, Talking Heads, Prince, and DeBarge play roles. We wrote it all in Los Angeles. I think it'll be the best-sounding album I've ever done. It's hard to label the sound because, when I first came out, nobody would label it R&B. I just want to keep pushing the envelope without it feeling forced.

On top of those names, Tesfaye also recently shared studio time with music's favourite robotic duo Daft Punk. You can read the rest of his interview with VMAN here.