The Weeknd revealed that one of his dreams — writing and producing an album for the “visionary” Madonna — could soon be realized.
On Friday, the Canadian-born pop star released his new single “Popular,” the second track from the soundtrack for his upcoming (and already controversial) HBO series “The Idol.”
The song was originally a collaboration between the Grammy-winning chart-topper, born Abel Tesfaye, and rapper Playboi Carti. But in a new interview on Friday, the Weeknd said he also enlisted The Queen of Pop for the project, calling her “the ultimate co-sign for this song.”
“We’ve had a different version of this song prior,” he told Apple Music 1′s Zane Lowe.
Tesfaye, who has publicly suggested he could soon drop his stage name, explained the song had been in the works for some time, but it only took shape after Madonna came on board.
“I’ve had these vocals for a while, and I’ve kind of just worked around it, and then kind of kept it in the tuck. But now it felt like it was time. It felt right and cohesive with this album that I’m working on right now,” he said, referring to “The Idol, Vol. 1 (Music from the HBO Original Series),” which will be released on June 30.
Referring to Madonna as “the ultimate pop star” and “the queen,” Tesfaye — who co-wrote and stars in “The Idol” — measured no words to express his admiration for the multi-Grammy-winning singer and Golden Globe-winning actress.
“I’ve always wanted to work with her,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to write and produce a Madonna album — well, co-produce with her, of course, because she’s such a visionary and she has such a singular vision — and I just want to come into her world and create a classic Madonna album.”
“That was always my dream. Hopefully, this is the appetizer for that,” he added.
Madonna — who last year became the first woman to have a top 10 album in each decade since the 1980s with the release of her remix compilation, “Finally Enough Love” — is getting ready to embark on a world tour to celebrate her 40-year career.
“The Celebration Tour” kicks off in Vancouver, B.C. on July 15, for what appears to be a very eventful summer for the Michigan-born mother of six.