The Weeknd Drops First Single Off New 'Starboy' Album, Featuring a Very Timely Brad Pitt Reference
By Meredith B. Kile
Just a few hours after debuting his freshly-shorn hair and the cover art for his third studio album, Starboy, The Weeknd dropped the upcoming album’s title track as its first single.
The 26-year-old Canadian singer, whose real name is Abęl Tesfaye, recruited famed electronic artists Daft Punk for the track, which marks the French duo’s first new music since their 2013 GRAMMY-winning album, Random Access Memories.
“Starboy” features a classic Daft Punk beat and The Weeknd’s soulful vocals, as well as references to everything from Star Trek to New Edition to Brad Pitt, a very timely drop given the recently-announced news of the actor's divorce from wife Angelina Jolie.
“Let a ni**a Brad Pitt / Legend of the Fall, took the year like a bandit,” The Weeknd croons on “Starboy,” comparing Pitt’s career breakout year after starring in Edward Zwick’s 1994 drama, Legends of the Fall, to his own dominant year on the charts in 2015 after releasing his sophomore studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness.
“Starboy” is currently available to listen on Spotify and Apple Music, as well as an early download when you pre-order the 18-track Starboy album on iTunes.