The Weeknd reveals that he wrote new album in Marilyn Monroe’s old bedroom

R&B singer also describes writing a song with Ed Sheeran after a late-night party

The Weeknd has discussed the making of his upcoming album ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ in a new interview.

The Canadian R&B singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, is scheduled to release his third major label album next week (August 28), following on from 2013’s ‘Kiss Land’ and his ‘Trilogy’ mixtape compilation LP.

The record will feature guest spots from Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran and Labrinth. A handful of tracks – including recent single ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ – were also co-written with and produced by hitmaker Max Martin, who has previously worked with Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and ‘N Sync.


“When you work with someone who has been doing it for as long as Max Martin you can’t help but learn,” Tesfaye told GQ. He also revealed how Martin’s studio was the former home of actress and icon Marilyn Monroe.

“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.”


Tesfaye also described how the Ed Sheeran collaboration came from a late-night party the pair attended.

“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.”

Last month (July 21), The Weeknd revealed new song ‘Mood Music 2’ during an intimate gig on Essex’s Osea Island. His only UK show of 2015, the intimate and exclusive gathering was made up of 200 competition winners and around 200 industry, staff and media guests. Watch footage from the show here.


‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ tracklist:

‘Real Life’
‘Losers’ featuring Labrinth
‘Tell Your Friends’
‘The Hills’
‘I Can’t Feel My Face’
‘Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)’
‘In The Night’
‘As You Are’
‘Dark Times’ featuring Ed Sheeran
‘Prisoner’ featuring Lana Del Rey