The Weeknd & Ariana Grande Tease Collaboration

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Recording artists The Weeknd (L) and Ariana Grande perform onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The Weeknd and Ariana Grande are working together on new music.

The Weeknd and Ariana Grande have teased a new collaboration on social media, which appears to be a remix to the 2016 track "Die For You" from The Weeknd's album "Starboy." Grande posted a video of herself working on a verse for the song on TikTok, referring to The Weeknd as a "friend." The Weeknd later shared the video on Instagram.

“Wrote and recorded a verse for my friend after a 14 hour day on set. This certain exception had to be made….” Grande captioned a short video. “You know what I’m thinkin’, see it in your eyes / You hate that you want me, hate it when you cry,” Grande can be heard singing in the clip, which are the lyrics to the chorus from “Die For You.” The two previously worked together on "Love Me Harder" in 2014, "Off the Table" in 2020, and the remix of The Weeknd's single "Save Your Tears" in 2021.

Ariana Grande In The Studio

In the caption, Grande is likely referencing a shoot day for the movie adaptation of the musical Wicked. She's been cast as Glinda the Good Witch for the project. Grande has been mostly quiet on the music front while focusing on the film. In 2022, she admitted that she currently has no plans of working on another album. "The truth is I have not begun on an album," she said at the time. "After 'Positions' I was not ready to start on another album yet."

Coincidently, The Weeknd has also been busy working on his acting career. He recently starred in HBO's The Idol, on which he is also credited as a co-creator. The series is expected to debut on the platform, later this year. His co-star, Lily-Rose Depp, recently discussed the project for a new cover story for i-D. In the piece, she labels The Weeknd "the best partner." “Talk about trust and comfort. I had to go to a lot of really vulnerable places in the show. Abel was the best partner that I could have ever asked for. He has my back and I have his,” Depp told the outlet. “I just felt so free and liberated, so empowered.”

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