20 March 2020 02:36
The Weeknd is set to release his new album, After Hours, at midnight tonight (March 20). The project has 14 songs and a whole lot of Weeknd. According to a report TMZ published on Thursday (March 19), the Canadian singer's new LP has no features. Considering that he already revealed his feature-less tracklist, this shouldn't necessarily be surprising. Still, keeping features under wraps until the last possible second has become en vogue in hip-hop, so plenty of fans were still expecting Abel to come through with some collabs.
Looks like that might not be happening after all. If there are no features, this would be a first for him. His last album, 2016's Starboy, boasted several guest appearances including Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, Future and others. Additionally, Weeknd reportedly shared a personal message regarding COVID-19, the native term for the coronavirus, ahead of his album release. "Let the music heal us all during these dark times," he reportedly said.
The Weeknd's After Hours Album Tracklist 2. "Too Late" 3. "Hardest to Love" 4. "Scared to Live" 5. "Snowchild" 6.
and he's got a special message for everyone impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Here's the deal... The Weeknd's fourth studio album, "After Hours," is set to drop Thursday night, and our sources tell us his voice is the only one fans will be hearing. An album without features is pretty rare by today's hip-hop and rap standards. It's not like The Weeknd's averse to collabs--he was featured several times on Travis Scott's "Astroworld"--which makes the decision all the more interesting. The singer's also got a personal message regarding COVID-19 and his album release, telling TMZ... "Let the music heal us all during these dark times." He's got a massive, 67-date global tour, scheduled for June with support from Sabrina Claudio and Don Tolliver at US stops and Black Atlass (replacing 88 Glam) and Sabrina again in Europe. The Weeknd's already released a couple singles, "Heartless" and "Blinding Light," and we saw him filming the music video for 'BL' in Sin City. These are strange times – but the music business is still happening, people. So much so, world records are getting shattered. The beneficiary of said record today is The Weeknd and his label partner, Republic Records – the Monte and Avery Lipman-led company with a rich history of setting global streaming benchmarks via signings like Drake, Post Malone and Ariana Grande. Music Business Worldwide can today (March 19) reveal that The Weeknd's new album, After Hours, set for imminent release via XO/Republic, has broken the all-time record for pre-adds on Apple Music. Pre-adds are Apple Music's equivalent of a traditional pre-order, allowing users of the service to get access to an album the moment it's released worldwide. In the case of After Hours, those pre-adds have already surpassed 975,000 globally, MBW's well-placed industry sources have confirmed. The figure is in real contention of topping a million by the time the LP gets its official release tomorrow (March 20). The Weeknd's previous album, Starboy, also on XO/Republic Records, was a US No.1 after being released in November 2016. It has now racked up 3.8bn on-demand audio streams in the US to date, according to BuzzAngle/Alpha Data. Across his catalog, The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, has accumulated 12bn audio streams in the United States to date, and 10.4m equivalent album sales in the market. The 975,000 pre-add tally of After Hours comfortably surpasses the record of the prior Apple Music pre-adds record holder, Billie Eilish's When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? which was released on Darkroom/Interscope in April last year. (Whatever happened to that universally acclaimed, commercially triumphant, multi-Grammy winning album, anyway – anyone?) After Hours contains the singles Heartless – which reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 towards the end of last year – as well as Blinding Lights, which has claimed the No.1 spot in multiple regions around the world including the UK, Germany, Australia and France. The Weeknd's collaborators on the 14-track After Hours album include Max Martin, Metro Boomin, Illangelo, DaHeala and Dre Moon.Music Business Worldwide In the lead-up to the upcoming release of his new album, After Hours, the Weeknd has paid tribute to a fan who recently passed away. On Twitter, the Weeknd expressed his shock upon learning about the death of a fan known as XOPODCAST online. The "Blinding Lights" artist was clearly close enough to the fan to know him as Lance, reposting a statement on his passing. He followed up by paying his respects to Lance. "RIP LANCE aka XOPODCAST," he wrote. Can't believe I'm findout about this today. I'm dedicating After Hours to you, my friend." RIP LANCE aka XOPODCAST. you were one of the true original backbones of my XO fan base. Can't believe i'm finding out about this today. I'm dedicating After Hours to you, my friend. — The Weeknd (@theweeknd) March 19, 2020 XO signee Belly also paid his respects to Lance on Twitter. "RIP Lance," he wrote. You will be missed." RIP Lance.. always showed love and went hard for this xo shit. you will be missed #xopodcastforever — BELLY (@reBELLYus) March 19, 2020 After Hours hits streaming services at midnight, March 20, and it's already broken the record for most pre-sales in Apple Music [email protected]'s 'After Hours' has broken the record for most pre-saves in Apple Music history It has been added over 975K times worldwide, could be first album to hit 1 MILLION ahead of release. — chart data (@chartdata) March 19, 2020 Chart Data pointed out the achievement on Twitter, noting it had been added to libraries over 975k times worldwide. The Weeknd is hours away from releasing his forthcoming project, After Hours and the anticipation is real. So real, in fact, that Music Business Weekly is reporting that the album has already garnered 975K pre-adds on Apple Music marking a brand new record on the streaming platform. The Weeknd now holds the title previously belonging to Billie Eilish's When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? that racked up 800K pre-adds. The publication claims that within the next few hours, The Weeknd could very well hit a million which would make his album the first to ever reach that milestone on the streaming platform. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images The Toronto crooner recently shared some details surrounding the project ahead of its release. Many may have expected the tracklist, which dropped a few days ago, to include surprise, non-credited feature but that's apparently not true. The Weeknd may have been practicing self-isolation before this Coronavirus shit broke out since there won't be any other features on After Hours. The singer's released singles off of the project such as "Blinding Lights," "Heartless," and the title track as well as debuting "Scared To Live" on Saturday Night Live. As the projects hits streaming services at 12 a.m. EST, The Weeknd announced that he'll be debuting the project on his Beats1 show, Momento Mori when the clock hits midnight (9 p.m. PST)."