Grammy-winning singer The Weeknd is gearing up to release the final album of a three-part trilogy – which began with the release of 2020’s After Hours.
The singer, born Abel Tesfaye, has become a staple in pop culture and fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of his latest project. Some may be shocked to learn that The Weeknd is working on a new album, as the musician previously announced plans to retire his alter ego.
“I’m getting ready to close the Weeknd chapter,” he told W Magazine. “I’ll still make music, maybe as Abel, maybe as The Weeknd. But I still want to kill The Weeknd. And I will. Eventually.”
However, the Canadian singer still has one more album left in his reservoir. The buildup to The Weeknd's 2024 album has been marked by cryptic teasers, leaving fans on the edge of their seats. Here is everything we know about the singer’s latest work of art.
Is the Weeknd dropping a new album in 2024?
The Weeknd has mastered the art of anticipation, as he often drops tidbits about his upcoming projects.
On Jan. 7, The Weeknd took to Instagram to tease the release of his 2024 album. The post included photos of the album artwork for After Hours and Dawn FM, along with a question mark. The singer also added “3” to the caption, but he did not reveal when the album would be available.
As the album's release draws near, speculation about potential collaborations adds an extra layer of intrigue.
The Weeknd has a history of joining forces with industry heavyweights and his next project will likely include a few features. Since his introduction into the music business, the singer has worked with Drake, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, and more. It is also not clear which musical direction the singer will take on his new project.
It could mark a return to his R&B roots, or an exploration of a new sound. Fans of the singer will just have to wait to see what he has been cooking up since 2022.
Is the Weeknd going on tour in 2024?
The release of a new album could also mean the start of a new tour. However, The Weeknd still has a few After Hour tour dates to complete. In November 2023, the singer announced that the Australian and New Zealand legs of his After Hours Til Dawn Tour would be postponed until 2024.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, we must reschedule the Australia/New Zealand tour,” read a statement from The Weeknd’s rep, per Billboard.
It continued, “Refunds will be available for those unable to attend the new dates. Deeply disappointed but can’t wait to be there with you!” This means that fans of the singer will have a chance to catch him perform live in 2024, but they will have to travel Down Under to do so.
Because it is unclear when The Weeknd will drop his 2024 album, the accompanying tour could start in 2025.
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