The Weeknd has opened up about his relationship with drugs in a new interview.
The R&B singer, who dropped new album ‘Starboy’ on November 25, revealed that he made some of his early music while getting high.
Discussing his drug use with The Guardian, the singer whose real name is Abel Tesfaye said: “When I had nothing to do but make music, it was very heavy. Drugs were a crutch for me. There were songs on my first record that were seven minutes long, rambling – whatever thoughts I was having when I was under the influence at the time. I can’t see myself doing that now.”
Later in the interview, The Weeknd seemingly revealed that he also used drugs as a “crutch” when creating his more recent albums. “I’ll be completely honest with you. The past couple of albums, I do get back to that,” he said. “Even on this new album. You have writer’s block. And sometimes you’re like, I can’t do this sober.”
In another new interview, The Weeknd has explained why he cut his hair prior to releasing his new album ‘Starboy’.
Meanwhile, he recently set the record for the most number of streams on Spotify in a single day. Spotify have confirmed that ‘Starboy’ broke its record for the most streams on the platform in a single day, but have not yet revealed the figures in question.
In a statement provided to Billboard, Republic Records Chairman and Co-Founder Monte Lipman said: “Spotify’s continued support of The Weeknd has now reached historic proportions and also reinforces the tremendous growth of global streaming.”
Spotify’s Global Head of Creator Services Troy Carter agreed, stating: “We’re proud to have partnered with The Weeknd, his management and Republic Records on a phenomenal album.”