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Weeknd followers tuning in to “Saturday Night time Stay” this weekend actually acquired their cash’s price, because the artist not solely carried out his latest single “Blinding Lights,” however premiered a shocking new ballad known as “Scared to Stay” and confirmed off his comedian chops in a musical skit and appeared briefly on “Weeknd Replace” (geddit?).

The Weeknd’s two musical performances discovered him within the red-jacket-and-busted-nose look he’s been rocking throughout latest movies and TV appearances, which — in an uncommon transfer for a musical artist — is said to the evolving storyline of the movies from his forthcoming album, “After Hours,” which seems to depict his character within the midst of a really dangerous evening in Las Vegas (involving playing, substance abuse, a automotive chase and, apparently, a demonic possession — don’t do this at dwelling, youngsters!). Whereas his musical appearances on Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert have been built-in into the storyline, these ones seemed to be extra straight musical performances, albeit in full costume.

“Blinding Lights” was carried out equally to different appearances, however “Scared to Stay” is a stellar new ballad that featured avant-electronic musician Oneohtrix Level By no means’s Daniel Lopatin on keyboards and, at completely different instances, interpolates a snippet of Elton John’s “Your Music” and recollects Foreigner’s “I Wanna Know What Love Is.” Examine them each out under.

The Weeknd additionally appeared in a musical comedy sketch with SNL’s Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd, singing a hilarious R&B-flavored ballad about sleeping on the sofa after a combat with the girlfriend.

Now in his third look on the present, it was inevitable that he’d give a brief Weeknd Replace.

“After Hours” arrives on March 20; The Weeknd is scheduled to launch a six-month tour of North America and Europe in Vancouver on June 11.

This week “Blinding Lights” turned The Weeknd‘s seventh #1 on Billboard’s Sizzling R&B Songs chart, probably the most for any artist. Internationally “Blinding Lights” has been the #1 airplay music in each Germany and France for 7+ consecutive weeks, and it has just lately hit #1 in Australia as nicely. Impressively, it has been the #1 music on the official charts in France and the UK for three consecutive weeks and counting.

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