The Weeknd and Playboi Carti Unveil New Collaboration at Cannes Film Festival
The Weeknd, the renowned Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer, recently unveiled a new collaboration with Playboi Carti at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. This exciting reveal coincided with the premiere of his new HBO series, ‘The Idol.’
The Unveiling of the Collaboration
The unreleased track was first heard on the red carpet in France on May 22, 2023. The Weeknd, accompanied by co-star Lily-Rose Depp and filmmaker Sam Levinson, made a grand entrance to the festival. The new song, featuring both The Weeknd and Playboi Carti’s vocals, was played, offering a taste of its upbeat rhythm and a sound reminiscent of The Neptunes’ late ’90s and early ’00s style. Listen to the snippet below:
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The Idol’s Premiere and Reception
The ‘The Idol’ premiere at the Cannes Film Festival was met with a standing ovation lasting over five minutes. The first two episodes of the show, set to air on HBO on June 4, reportedly shocked Cannes with their daring and provocative content.
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The Weeknd’s Recent Musical Endeavors
The Weeknd has been active in the music scene, releasing his last album ‘Dawn FM’ in January 2022. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, with approximately 148,000 total album-equivalent units in its first week. In April, he shared a new track with Future titled “Double Fantasy,” a part of the original music for ‘The Idol.’ Listen to the track below:
The Weeknd’s Future in Music
The Weeknd has hinted at a significant change in his musical journey. He intended to retire his longtime stage name and possibly make music under a new alias. He stated, “I’m going through a cathartic path right now. It’s getting to a place and a time where I’m getting ready to close the Weeknd chapter.” He added that the album he is working on might be his last as The Weeknd.