Barring that whole GRAMMY snub fiasco, The Weeknd easily had his best year ever thanks to the enduring success of his fourth studio album, ‘After Hours.’
But, instead of resting on his laurels, the 30-year-old is already looking to the future and plotting the blockbuster project’s successor.
Acting as TMRW magazine’s latest cover star, the publication dedicated a whopping 100 pages to the Canadian superstar – a feature that sees him not only dish on his meteoric rise to fame but also his plans for the future.
See highlights inside:
ON HIS ETHIOPIAN INFLUENCES:
“My natural singing voice was inspired and shaped by Ethiopian music. The older I got, I was exposed to more music, and my voice became a chameleon going into different characters with each album. By following my own path and breaking industry norms, it seems to be influencing others.”
ON WHAT’S INSPIRING HIS NEXT ALBUM:
“I HAVE BEEN MORE INSPIRED AND CREATIVE DURING THE PANDEMIC THAN I MIGHT NORMALLY BE WHILE ON THE ROAD…THE PANDEMIC, THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT AND THE TENSIONS OF THE ELECTION HAVE MOSTLY CREATED A SENSE OF GRATITUDE FOR WHAT I HAVE AND CLOSENESS WITH THE PEOPLE NEAR ME.”
ON TURNING 30 THIS YEAR:
“I WAS LASER FOCUSED BACK THEN AND I’M LASER FOCUSED RIGHT NOW. THIS HAS BEEN THE STORY OF MY 20S. I FEEL LIKE I SPENT THE LAST 10 YEARS CREATING A SOUND AND MOST OF MY CAREER I’VE EITHER BEEN RUNNING AWAY FROM IT OR DUPLICATING IT. AFTER HOURS WAS THE PERFECT PIECE OF ART FOR ME TO SHOW MY TENURE IN THE INDUSTRY.”
Click here to read the interview in full.
The spread above comes just three months after the GRAMMY winner took to ‘Rolling Stone’ to declare his next album may drop before ‘quarantine ends.’
Click here to read more about that.