The Weeknd Teases Funky 'Starboy' Album with Twisted Short Film 'Mania'

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With his third studio effort Starboy arriving Friday (Nov. 25), The Weeknd rolls out a short 11-minute film called Mania.

The clip opens with images of a majestic black panther perched on a white geometric platform. Abel Tesfaye then hugs the pavement in a sleek red Acura NSX, singing, "I ran out of tears when I was 18, so nobody made me/ But the mean streets 'cause too many people think they made me/ Well if they really made me, then replace me."

The crooner then hits the club, and is mesmerized by a seductress dominating the dancefloor, played by French model Anais Mali. The clip takes a bloody turn when a villain tries to slash The Weeknd with a knife, only for the XO leader and his leading lady to emerge unscathed and partake in an intimate dance.

The Weeknd dishes out samples of Starboy in Mania, with a snippet of a Future collaboration and a few funky pop tunes mixed with futuristic R&B, before closing the Grant Singer-directed visual with the singer's second Daft Punk collaboration, "I Feel It Coming."