When The Weeknd dropped “Blinding Lights”– just recently called Billboard‘s No. 1 Hot 100 tune of perpetuity– method back in 2019, the world was a much various location. The album that followed, After Hours, was launched in March 2020, ideal around the time the coronavirus pandemic triggered around the world lockdowns. Ever since, it seems like we’ve all aged around 70 years. The Weeknd most likely concurs.

That’s one reading of the cover art for his next album, entitled Dawn FM, that includes the artist caked in old-man makeup (liver areas and all) and wisened with long gray hair and a gray beard. As he revealed previously today, Dawn FM will drop on Friday (January 7).

The Weeknd has actually invested the previous couple of years having fun with his own image, misshaping his own functions into an “Instagram face” try to find the “Save Your Tears” video and appearing frequently in his other video and on television looks covered in bloody plasters. This most current venture into facial adjustment fits right in.

One noteworthy location he appeared appearing like himself was 2021’s Super Bowl LV halftime program, which shows that the artist born Abel Tasfaye is quickly among the greatest stars on earth and for that reason entirely efficient in managing the year’s very first near-surprise album release.

Based on a trailer he launched in combination with the album statement, Dawn FM is “a brand-new sonic universe from the mind of The Weeknd” and includes an excellent and uncommon list of visitors. Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne, and electronic skill Oneohtrix Point Never are all called, as is music legend Quincy Jones and Tesfaye’s fellow Canadian Jim Carrey, of all individuals.

A voiceover from the imaginary radio station of the title liquidates the trailer with a threatening and slightly cultish message: “You’ve remained in the dark for method too long. It’s time to stroll into the light and accept your fate with open arms.”

So, how are you going to invest the next 3 days up until The Weeknd’s 5th album, Dawn FM, drops on Friday?

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