The Weeknd at 44th Toronto International Film Festival. Picture: Reuters
The Weeknd at 44th Toronto International Film Festival. Picture: Reuters

The Weeknd releases three new tunes on deluxe 'After Hours'

By Bang Showbiz Time of article published Mar 30, 2020

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The Weeknd has dropped three new songs on the deluxe edition of his latest album, "After Hours", after teasing fans with snippets on Instagram.

The "Starboy" hitmaker released the record on March 20, and after teasing fans with clips of the tracks on his Instagram, the Canadian musician has added "Nothing Compares", "Missed You" and "Final Lullaby" to the record on streaming apps.

The new additions to "After Hours" come after Sir Elton John said he was "blown away" to be sampled by The Weeknd.

The 72-year-old singer is a big fan of the 'Can't Feel My Face' hitmaker and he was overjoyed when a "surprise" he'd been teased about turned out to be a snippet of his own track 'Your Song' featured on "Scared To Live" on "After Hours".

Elton said: "I always have done and you can tell by the videos for the new album as well that it's kind of ... 'Blinding Lights' is such an 80's-type record and it hits the nail on the head so perfectly, blending it with Abel's sound.

"I saw him at an Oscar party after the Oscars and he's always been such a sweet and lovely humble man. And he told me then, he said, 'I got a surprise for you on this record.' And I went, 'Really?' He said, 'Yeah.' And the surprise is that he's borrowed a bit of 'Your Song.' 'I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind,' for the 'Scared to Live' track.

"I'm so blown away I mean just to be part of his record. For someone my age and as someone who loves what he does, I'm so thrilled and I just love him."

The "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" singer thinks The Weeknd - whose real name is Abel Tesfaye - is very different to any other artist.

He said: "I just think ... I was watching a couple of things this morning that were the same old stuff, the rap stuff and I was thinking, 'Good old Abel, he's making music. He's making proper music.'"

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