The Weeknd

Starboy

INFORMATION

Starboy is The Weeknd’s highly anticipated third studio album (excluding the mixtape compilation album Trilogy). The “king of the fall” announced the album after teasing his fans on his instagram. He dropped the first single, “Starboy” ft. Daft Punk on September 21st 2016, one day before the start of the fall season in North America.

The album was eventually released on November 25th 2016, touting a whopping 18 tracks with features from Future, Lana Del Rey and Kendrick Lamar. The project was met with mostly favorable reviews, became the number one album on iTunes in one day, topped the Billboard 200, and shattered Spotify’s single day streaming record.

Abel commented on the album in an interview, saying:

The vibe on “Starboy” comes from that hip-hop culture of braggadocio, from Wu-Tang and 50 Cent, the kind of music I listened to as a kid. Bragging just sounds good, man. I was a teenager when I saw Scarface, and even though it was ­unbelievable, it’s kind of cool Tony Montana could survive all those gunshots and not feel them.

On March 12, 2016, Abel announced he was almost done with the album, tweeting:

Abel announced the album’s title on September 21, 2016, which was also the day he released the album’s lead single and title track, “Starboy”.

On November 24, 2016, the day before the album’s release, he released the second single, titled “Party Monster”.

The album won a Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2018 Grammys held on Jan. 28, 2018.

Song Credits

Featuring: Daft Punk , Future , Kendrick Lamar , Lana Del Rey
Producers: Ali Payami , Ali Shaheed Muhammad , Ben Billions , ​benny blanco , Boaz van de Beatz , Bobby Raps , Cashmere Cat , Cirkut , Daft Punk , Diplo , Doc McKinney , Ging , Jake One , Labrinth , Mano , Max Martin , Metro Boomin , Prince 85 , Tommy Swish , The Weeknd
Writers: Ali Payami , Ali Shaheed Muhammad , Arthur Forest , Belly , Ben Billions , ​benny blanco , Billy Walsh , Boaz van de Beatz , Bobby Raps , Cashmere Cat , Cirkut , DaHeala , Daniel Wilson , Diplo , DJ Khaled , Doc McKinney , Future , George Canler , Ging , Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo , Jake One , Jimmy Marinos , J.P. Pennington , Jr. Blender , Kendrick Lamar , Kevin Saunderson , King Henry , Labrinth , Lana Del Rey , Mano , Max Martin , Metro Boomin , Mike Skill , Mustafa , Peter Solley , Peter Svensson , Prince 85 , Rico The Wizard , Roland Orzabal , Sam Wish , Savan Kotecha , Shanna Jackson , Sir Dylan , Starrah , Thomas Bangalter , Tommy Swish , Wally Palamarchuk , The Weeknd
Acoustic Guitar: Adrian X
Ad-Libs: Starrah
Additional Bass: Sir Dylan
Additional Drums: Sir Dylan
Additional Guitar: Psymun
Additional Keyboards: Sir Dylan
Additional Vocals: Cashmere Cat , Daniel Wilson , Future , Kazue Lika Tatsushima , Lana Del Rey , Mustafa
Assistant Engineer: Cory Bice , Jeremy Lertola
Assistant Mixing Engineer: Chris Galland , Jeff Jackson , Robin Florent
Bass: Nathan East
Co-Producer: Cashmere Cat , Cirkut , Doc McKinney , Mano , Prince 85 , The Weeknd
Copyright ©: Republic Records , Universal Music Group , XO Records
Cover Art Director: DropxLife
Cover Art Photography: Nabil
Drums: John “JR” Robinson
Engineer: Ben Billions , Cirkut , Dave Schwerkolt , Doc McKinney , Florian Lagatta , John Smith , Josh Smith , Mick Guzauski , Noah Passovoy , Raphael Mesquita , Sam Holland
Guitar: Max Martin , Paul Jackson, Jr. , Peter Svensson , Ryland Blackinton
Handclaps: Jeremy Lertola
Label: Republic Records , Universal Music Group , XO Records
Lyricist: Kendrick Lamar , The Weeknd
Manufacturer: Republic Records
Marketing: Republic Records
Mixing Engineer: Chris Galland , Șerban Ghenea , Jeff Jackson , John Hanes , Manny Marroquin , Robin Florent
Performance Rights: AKM (PRO) , ASCAP , BMI , Buma/Stemra , GEMA (PRO) , Global Music Rights , PRS , SACEM , SOCAN , STIM (PRO) , TONO (PRO)
Phonographic Copyright ℗: Republic Records , Universal Music Group , XO Records
Publisher: 12th & Spring Garden , Anthem Entertainment , AT Publishing , Back Hair Music Publishing , Because Music , Billions Enterprises , BMG , BMG Blue , BMG Platinum Songs , Buddemusic , Casablanca Media Publishing , Cirkut Breaker , Cloud 9 Music Publishing , Concord Music Group , Connoisseur of Connoisseurs , Cool Abdul Music , Daft Music , Duke City Music , EMI April Music , EMI Music Publishing Group , From the Beatz Publishing , Give Thanks Publishing , Grand Musique Management , Hard Working Black Folks Publishing , I Like Turtles Music , Infinite Stripes , Irving Music , Karakoid Eurl , KMR Music Royalties II SCSP , Kobalt Music , Matza Ball Music , Momo Elena Music , MXM Music , Mykai Music , Nayvadius Maximus Music , New World Music , Nyan King Music , People Over Planes , Please Don’t Forget To Pay Me Music , Pluto Mars Music , Prescription Songs , Pulse Music Group , Red Brick Songs , Roland Orzabal , Rondor Music , Sal and Co LP , Sam Fam Publishing , Shay Noelle Publishing , SONGS Music Publishing , Sony/ATV Ballad , Sony/ATV Tunes , Sony Music Entertainment , Stage Three Music , Swish You Were Here Music , Top Dawg Entertainment , Ultra Music , Universal Music Group , Warner/Chappell , Warner Music Group , White Van Music , WMMW Publishing , Wolf Cousins , Young Rubbish
Recording Engineer: Doc McKinney , Florian Lagatta , Josh Smith
Screenplay: Ilya Naishuller , Ладо Кватания (Lado Kvataniya)
Studio Personnel: Cirkut , Doc McKinney , Șerban Ghenea , Florian Lagatta , John Hanes , Josh Smith
Synth Bass: Sir Dylan
VHS Camera Operator: Joji
Video 1st Assistant Director: Don Johnson , Ev Salomon , Parker McMillan
Video Art Director: Lamar Taylor
Video Casting: Sarah-May Levy
Video Colorist: Bryan Smaller
Video Director: BRTHR , Christian Breslauer , Glenn Michael , Grant Singer , Ilya Naishuller , Pedro Martin-Calero , Warren Fu
Video Editor: Nick Rondeau , Red Barbaza , Vlad Kaptur
Video Executive Producer: Brandon Bonfiglio , Christian Breslauer , Eric Barnett , Laura Grigorakis , Luga Podesta , Nina Soriano , Randi Wilens
Video Post-Producer: Александр Золотарев (Alexander Zolotarev)
Video Producer: Jamee Ranta , Julien LeMaitre , Katy Maravala , Michael Breslauer , Raffi Adlan , Ryan Hahn , Sara Greco , Vince Tran
Video Production Company: Colonel Blimp
Video Production Manager: Blaise Dolcemaschio
Video Sound Design: Pedro Jiménez
Video Vfx: Aleksandr Gorokhov , Evgeny Stepanov
Vocals: The Weeknd
Vocoder: Daft Punk

 

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