The Weeknd has said that he wishes he could create more politically-charged songs. He recently donated $250,000 to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Weeknd’s 2015 album, ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’, currently holds the world record for the most streamed album on Spotify in one year, after it was listened to by 60 million unique listeners between the timestamp of December 1, 2014 and December 1, 2015.
Speaking to V Man, the singer said that he’s had a desire to create politically-charged music, but he feels that he’s currently not able to. “I wish I could make music about politics. I feel like it’s such an art and a talent that I admire tremendously, but when I step into the studio I step out of the real world, and it’s therapeutic,” he said.
“It’s an escape, but recently it’s been very hard to ignore, and it’s also been very distracting. Maybe you’ll hear it in my voice, but it is not my forté.”
Speaking of the Black Lives Matter donation, he said: “I promised myself that I would never tweet or talk about politics and focus on the music, but I was just so bewildered that we lost more of our people to these senseless police shootings.”
He continued, “It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that there are people who can’t or won’t see what Black Lives Matter is trying to accomplish.”