The Weeknd has unveiled his new track ‘Love In The Sky’ – listen to it above.
The track will feature on the Toronto-based singer’s debut studio album proper, which is the follow-up to his mixtape trilogy and will be released later on this year. Two tracks from the album, ‘Kiss Land’ and ‘Belong To The World’, have already been put out.
When ‘Belong To The World’ was released, Portishead’s Geoff Barrow initially claimed that The Weeknd had sampled the band’s 2008 track ‘Machine Gun’ without their permission. Barrow later clarified his comments, writing: “Seems The Weeknd have said there is no sample used or enough likeness to Machine Gun to warrant any infringement….or credit.” He added: “We usually give sample clearance to tunes we like. It’s got fuck all to do with money! As most of them are hip-hop artists that are skint. Feels like I’m being used to promote the track now. I’ll shut up now.”
‘Kiss Land’ was teased back in January when the singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, posted a picture a picture of his computer desktop, which featured a folder named ‘2013 untitled album’. He then followed it up with a tweet, writing: “If you thought my shit knocked before… 2013.” In a recent interview, he compared the album to a horror movie. “A lot of it is inspired by filmmakers like John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and Ridley Scott, because they know how to capture fear,” he said. “That’s what ‘Kiss Land’ is to me, an environment that’s just honest fear. I don’t know who I am right now and I’m doing all these outlandish things in these settings that I’m not familiar with. To me, it’s the most terrifying thing ever. So when you hear the screams in the record and you hear all these horror references and you feel scared, listen to the music because I want you to feel what I’m feeling. ‘Kiss Land’ is like a horror movie.”
The Weeknd tours the UK later this year, playing three arena shows including a date at London’s O2 Arena. See below for the full dates.
Birmingham Nia (November 22)
Manchester O2 Apollo (23)
London O2 Arena (26)