The robotic ‘Get Lucky’ duo collaborated with The Weeknd on the title-track from his upcoming third album. While they didn’t make an appearance in the video, their likeness does – in the form of a striking antique-style portrait painted by artist Warren Fu.
They were selling canvas copies of the painting on their website for $400, limited to just 500 prints. Naturally, they sold out pretty quickly – but it’s just a matter of time before they appear on eBay.
Revealing that the title ‘Starboy’ was a tribute to the late, great David Bowie, The Weeknd said: “I just love Bowie, I think he’s the ultimate inventor.”
Speaking of working with Daft Punk, he continued: “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. 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.”
A new website called ‘Alive 2017’ sparked rumours of Daft Punk returning to tour and perhaps even play Glastonbury next year. However, the website turned out to be a hoax and Glasto boss Emily Eavis categorically denied that they’d be appearing.
The Weeknd releases ‘Starboy’ on 25 November. His upcoming UK tour dates are below.
Manchester, Arena (March 5)
London, The O2 (March 7, 8)
Glasgow, The SSE Hydro (March 10)
Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena (March 11)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (March 13)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (March 14)