The Weeknd Announces New 'Visual Piece' 'Mania'

Rolling Stone
The Weeknd Announces New 'Visual Piece' 'Mania'
The Weeknd announced Monday that his upcoming LP 'Starboy' will be accompanied by a "visual piece" titled 'Mania.'

 

The Weeknd announced Monday that his upcoming LP Starboy will be accompanied by a "visual piece" titled Mania.

The singer also shared an 18-second teaser for the Grant Singer-directed film and promised that Mania is coming soon, but didn't pinpoint a premiere date. Starboy arrives November 25th.

Singer previously helmed the Weeknd's videos for "Can't Feel My Face," "The Hills," "Tell Your Friends" and "Starboy"; the panther in the latter video appears in the Mania teaser.

On Sunday, Abel Tesfaye took the American Music Awards stage to perform his Daft Punk-featuring single "Starboy." The track is one of two new album cuts to feature the French dance duo, who also appear on Starboy's 18th and closing song "I Feel It Coming." Other Starboy guests include Future, Lana Del Rey and Kendrick Lamar.

In a recent interview, the Weeknd said his 18-track Starboy is "a thousand percent" inspired by David Bowie and Prince, with the album borrowing its title from the former's Ziggy Stardust track "Starman."

"I just love Bowie; I think he's the ultimate inventor," the Weeknd told the Wall Street Journal. Tesfaye added that he and Prince made plans to record together at Paisley Park studio, but Prince died before the collaboration took place; Prince's last television appearance, in November 2015, was presenting the Weeknd with an American Music Award.