It seems that 2021 might have some artistic change in store for The Weeknd’s music, as he suggests that his fifth studio album may be inspired by some of the most newsworthy aspects of 2020…
Reflecting on his current chart-topper album, The Weeknd shared, ‘After Hours was the perfect piece of art for me to show my tenure in the industry’, as he hinted that his next album will likely address the pandemic and the black lives matter movement.
The singer revealed, ‘I have been more inspired and creative during the pandemic than I might normally be while on the road. The pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the tensions of the election have mostly created a sense of gratitude for what I have, and closeness with the people near me.’
Although The Weeknd was set for his After Hours tour in 2020, it got called off due to the pandemic and was rescheduled for June 12, 2021. However, at least it allowed him more time to work on his music.
He also spoke about his African background that naturally influences his signature sound, ‘My natural singing voice was inspired and shaped by Ethiopian music. The older I got, I was exposed to more music and my voice became a chameleon, going into different characters with each album. By following my own path and breaking industry norms, [I seem to be] influencing others.’
The Weeknd added: ‘I was laser-focused back then and I’m laser-focused right now. This has been the story of my twenties. I feel like I spent the last 10 years creating a sound and most of my career, I’ve either been running away from it or duplicating it.’