The Weeknd was also due to work with Prince shortly before the late music icon's death.
The Weeknd’s new album title, ‘Starboy’, is partly a tribute to David Bowie’s iconic hit ‘Starman’.
The Wall Street Journal verifies that the reference is deliberate in a new interview with The Weeknd, in which he says: “I just love Bowie, I think he’s the ultimate inventor.”
The WSJ reports too that The Weeknd was scheduled to record at Paisley Park with Prince before the music icon passed away in April.
During the interview, The Weeknd also discusses working with Daft Punk on the album’s hit title track. “Their studio is like a spaceship, there’s a lot of gear, but the way they make music, the way they explain it, is very cinematic,” he said.
“It’s like they’re reading a page out of a novel— ‘We want to make sure that at the end, it feels like the sun’s coming up, and maybe there’s a car chase.’ They can get technical, but it was interesting how they visualise making music.”
The Weeknd shared ‘False Alarm’, the second song from ‘Starboy’, at the end of September. The track follows in the dance-led direction of the album’s lead single and title track from ‘Starboy’.
The album is due out on November 25, but none of its other track titles have been revealed. Other producers who’ve worked on the album include Cirkut, Ben Billions, Doc McKinney and Mano.
The Weeknd has also revealed recently that he has signed a deal with Puma to launch his first fashion range, Puma XO. The range will be released in 2017 and includes clothes and trainers. In the meantime, he will be one of the ambassadors for Puma’s new ‘Run The Streets’ campaign.
The Weeknd follows Rihanna in signing a deal with Puma. Rihanna launched her first Fenty For Puma range at New York Fashion Week in February, and followed it up at Paris Fashion Week in September when she unveiled Fenty For Puma’s second line.