Weeknd followers tuning in to “Saturday Evening Dwell” this weekend definitely obtained their cash’s value, because the artist not solely carried out his latest single “Blinding Lights,” however premiered a surprising new ballad referred to as “Scared to Dwell” and confirmed off his comedian chops in a musical skit and appeared briefly on “Weeknd Replace” (geddit?).

His two musical performances discovered him within the red-jacket-and-busted-nose look he’s been rocking throughout latest movies and TV appearances, which — in an uncommon transfer for a musical artist — is expounded to the evolving storyline of the movies from his forthcoming album, “After Hours,” which seems to depict his character within the midst of a really dangerous evening in Las Vegas (involving playing, substance abuse, a automobile chase and, apparently, a demonic possession — don’t do that at dwelling, youngsters!). Whereas his musical appearances on Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert have been vaguely built-in into the storyline, these ones seemed to be extra straight musical performances, albeit in full costume.

“Blinding Lights” was carried out equally to different appearances, however “Scared to Dwell” is a stellar new ballad that featured avant-electronic musician Oneohtrix Level By no means’s Daniel Lopatin on keyboards and, at totally different instances, interpolates a snippet of Elton John’s “Your Track” and remembers Foreigner’s “I Wanna Know What Love Is.” Test them each out under.

The Weeknd additionally appeared in a musical comedy sketch with SNL’s Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd, singing a hilarious R&B-flavored ballad about sleeping on the sofa after a struggle with the girlfriend.

Now in his third look on the present, it was inevitable that he’d give a brief Weeknd Replace.

“After Hours” arrives on March 20; The Weeknd is scheduled to launch a six-month tour of North America and Europe in Vancouver on June 11.

This week “Blinding Lights” turned The Weeknd‘s seventh #1 on Billboard’s Scorching R&B Songs chart, essentially the most for any artist. Internationally “Blinding Lights” has been the #1 airplay track in each Germany and France for 7+ consecutive weeks, and it has not too long ago hit #1 in Australia as nicely. Impressively, it has been the #1 track on the official charts in France and the UK for three consecutive weeks and counting.

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