The Weeknd beat Foals to the top of the UK album charts a month ago, with the R&B star keeping the Oxford lads from scoring their first ever number one record. He followed up the success with an appearance at Apple Music Festival, taking time to thank his “day one fans”.
The singer has been performing his Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Rey collaborations live over recent weeks, even without the second vocalists present, but Minaj’s appearance on the SNL slot won’t come as a huge surprise, especially as the Minaj and Eminem remixes were made available to download straight after the performance.
The Weeknd’s album ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’ was written in part in Marilyn Monroe’s old bedroom. He described the experience:
“I came up with the concept for a song called ‘In the Night’ in her bedroom. That was pretty amazing,” he said, continuing: “Unfortunately, I couldn’t help but imagine Joe DiMaggio’s sperm everywhere on the floor.”
He also spoke to GQ about writing with Ed Sheeran:
“I wrote a song with Ed Sheeran that was kind of spontaneous. He was hosting the Much Music Video Awards in Toronto and I invited him, and pretty much the entire awards show, to my condo to party.”
“It went on until about five in the morning but we didn’t write the song until that next day, so you can imagine how that night went. Ed also did a freestyle battle with Waka Flocka in my kitchen. That was pretty dope. Good times.”
Watch the pair’s performance below: