It’s been nearly 4 years since R&B sensation, The Weeknd, dropped his last album. And after he recently stepped out having completely changed his appearance, many began speculating whether this would be the start of a new chapter for the star.
Well, after weeks of teasing, the release of his long-awaited album, After Hours took the world by storm but no one was prepared for the surprise he had in store last night.
Keep scrolling to find out to hear a snippet of one of his new bonus tracks…
The Canadian-born singer-songwriter is one of the leading figures in the music industry.
The star broke into the music scene in 2011 with his mixtape, House of Balloons.
Even in the early days, he managed to work with some pretty high profile artists including Drake and Wiz Khalifa, while still finding his feet within the industry.
But, his musical success skyrocketed with his 2015 album, Beauty Behind the Madness.
The album brought us the global hit single “Can’t Feel My Face,” which has drawn in comparison to the likes of Michael Jackson, hit no 1 on the Billboard chart, and went on to rank as the best song of the year.
His follow-up album, Starboy, also enjoyed critical success.
In late November 2016, the Weeknd released his third album, Starboy, featuring star-studded guest appearances from the likes of Lana Del Rey, Future, and Kendrick Lamar.
The star has been in an on-off relationship with model, Bella Hadid, since the pair linked up in 2015.
According to E! News, the pair made it official in May 2015 after hanging out together at Coachella the previous month.
The pair were snapped holding hands at New York Fashion Week and were spotted several times after on dates and family engagements.
The star had Bella feature in one of his music videos and even bought her a puppy for her nineteenth birthday.
The same year they made it official, they reportedly took a break due to their busy schedules and opted to celebrate Christmas separately. Yikes.
In February 2016, the couple appeared to be back on when they hit the Grammys red carpet together, and then the following month, looked extremely loved-up as they posed for snaps at the Daily Front Row’s Fashion Los Angeles Awards.
For quite a few months, the couple were going strong. They attended the 2016 Met Gala looking like full-blown couple goals, dressed head-to-toe in his-and-hers Givenchy, went on a very Instagram-worthy vacation to Tokyo, and celebrated Bella’s twentieth birthday together.
In late 2016, People magazine reported that the couple had split for the second time, with their hectic A-lister schedules being the main culprit, once again.
Just 2 weeks after their breakup, The Weeknd released his highly acclaimed album, Starboy, and took to the stage at the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, where his ex happened to be strutting her stuff.
When asked about the reunion, Bella claimed that it wasn’t awkward at all: “He is my best friend, and I am excited because I am walking during his performance.”
The Weeknd even moved on, coupling up with Singer, Selena Gomez.
But it didn’t take long for the R&B star and Bella to get on friendly terms again when in late-2017, the singer was pictured leaving Bella’s apartment.
The pair were spotting kissing on various occasions and were even spotted going on a date.
The couple then appeared to confirm their rekindled romance after they were snapped walking arm in arm through the streets in Paris, and, to celebrate the supermodel’s birthday, The Weeknd took to social media to share cute snaps of the pair.
We don’t know about you, but this is starting to get a little exhausting.
After a number of strong months, the couple called it quits…again.
All went quiet on the love-scene with the pair, late last year, fans suspicions were confirmed when E! reported the couple had once again gone their separate ways.
And you’ve probably guessed the reason: distance and very separate schedules, so nothing new on that front.
In a rare red carpet appearance, the R&B powerhouse attended the premiere of his feature film debut, Uncut Gems, at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
The “I Feel It Coming” singer made quite a few changes to his signature look, which has hardly changed over the years – opting to trade his usual full-grown beard for a mustache and swapping out his hairdo completely.
Many took to Twitter to comment on his new look, which many say channels a ’70s aesthetic.
One user wrote: “my brain literally won’t accept that’s The Weekend,” while another pointed out the striking similarity between the singer and Nacho Libre.
We have to say, we do see the resemblance.
Always comes new music.
And let me tell you, when After Hours finally dropped, it was definitely worth the wait.
And last night, the singer delivered 3 new bonus tracks on his setlist. It seems as though The Weeknd knows how to keep his fans satisfied.
“nothing compares, missed you, final lullaby…” These were the names of the mysterious tracks.
The entire album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard charts. Another year of success for the coveted singer.
Keep scrolling if you want to see who else dropped some new music but got their tracks removed immediately…