The Weeknd Announces “The Idol Vol. 1”

The Weeknd has a new project on the way.

BYCole Blake
The Weeknd Announces “The Idol Vol. 1”

The Weeknd has announced a new project that will be arriving soon titled The Idol Vol. 1. The “Blinding Lights” singer teased the effort with a clip of himself in the studio on social media, Wednesday afternoon.

"THE IDOL VOL. 1 💿 coming soon (double fantasy & jealous guy just a taste)," The Weeknd wrote in the post. The clip comes after The Weeknd recently teased working on new music with Future during a rare live stream on Instagram. The two previously collaborated on “Low Life” from Future’s project, EVOL, as well as “All I Know” off of The Weeknd's album, Starboy. During the live stream, The Weeknd also seemed to hint at making a surprise appearance during Coachella this weekend.

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A new project for The Weeknd will mark his first since 2022's critically acclaimed Dawn FM. With "Vol. 1" in the title, there's also the implication that more projects will be on the way. The announcement comes as HBO prepares to release The Weeknd's new series of the same name at some point this year. The show has dealt with numerous behind-the-scenes issues which were detailed by Rolling Stone in an exposé, earlier this year. They cited 13 sources close to the production who described it as a "shit show," mentioning constant delays, reshoots, and rewrites.

HBO later addressed the piece in a statement. “The creators and producers of The Idol have been working hard to create one of HBO’s most exciting and provocative original programs. The initial approach on the show and production of the early episodes, unfortunately, did not meet HBO standards so we chose to make a change," the statement read. “Throughout the process, the creative team has been committed to creating a safe, collaborative, and mutually respectful working environment.” The Weeknd also fired back at Rolling Stone with a video on Twitter featuring himself in character discussing the outlet.

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