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The Weeknd Teases New Album with “The Dawn is Coming” Video: Watch

Abel Tesfaye describes The Dawn as "the album I've always wanted to make."

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The Weeknd, photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia
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    The Weeknd’s Abel Tesfaye has shared a two-minute preview of his new album The Dawn. Entitled “The Dawn Is Coming,” the teaser clip includes an animated visual. Check it out below.

    Update: The Weeknd has now announced the release of his new single, “Take My Breath,” which will premiere on Friday, August 6th. A portion of the song was aired during the Olympics on Monday night and can be heard below.

    In a new interview with GQ, The Weeknd described The Dawn as “the album I’ve always wanted to make.”

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    GQ writer Mark Anthony Green further described The Weeknd’s new music as “packed with party records. Like real-deal, illuminated-white-tiles-on-the-floor party records. Quincy Jones meets Giorgio Moroder meets the best-night-of-your-fucking-life party records. Not anachronistic disco stuff. (Not ‘cosplay,’ as Abel put it.) That sort of retro thing is having a moment right now in pop music, but these records are new. Sweaty. Hard. Drenched-suit, grinding-on-the-girl/boy-of-your-dreams party records.”

    Elsewhere in the interview with GQ, The Weeknd name-checked Arca, Kanye West, and Tyler the Creator as artists who he would like to work with in the future.

    He also revealed that during the pandemic, he struck up a friendship with Jim Carrey. “On my 30th birthday, he surprised me,” Tesfaye recounted. “He just pulled up to my crib and took me to breakfast.”

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    The Dawn will mark The Weeknd’s fifth studio album to date and the follow-up to his massive 2020 record, After Hours.

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