The Weeknd explains why he cut his hair and reveals it’s now kept locked in a safe

R&B singer released new album 'Starboy' last week

The Weeknd has explained why he cut his hair prior to releasing his new album ‘Starboy’.

The R&B singer (real name Abel Tesfaye) released his new album ‘Starboy’ last week (November 25) – stream it here. It is the Canadian artist’s third studio album, following 2015’s ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’, his 2013 debut ‘Kiss Land’ and his 2012 ‘Trilogy’ of mixtapes. The record features collaborations with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Daft Punk and Lana Del Rey.

Speaking to Zane Lowe on Beats 1 last week, Tesfaye explained his sudden change of hairstyle revealing that it’s now being kept in his manager’s safe.

“The vision wasn’t there anymore,” he explained. “It was there and then just like the music, it was getting really sad. It was the greatest feeling of all time [cutting it off]. It was so good. I could sleep better, I felt lighter, and when I perform, I perform better and feel better, it’s cool. The best part about all of it, I get to wear fucking hats again. Wear a fucking cap and walk into a restaurant and nobody knows  it’s you, It’s the greatest feeling.”

The Weeknd recently set the record for the most amount of streams on Spotify in a single day. Spotify have confirmed that ‘Starboy’ has broken the record for the most amount of streams on the platform in a single day, but have not yet provided any official breakdown of the streaming figures in question.

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In a statement provided to Billboard, Republic Records Chairman and Co-Founder Monte Lipman said: “Spotify’s continued support of The Weeknd has now reached historic proportions and also reinforces the tremendous growth of global streaming.” Spotify Global Head of Creator Services Troy Carter agreed, stating: “We’re proud to have partnered with The Weeknd, his management and Republic Records on a phenomenal album.”

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