The Weeknd

Dawn FM

INFORMATION

Dawn FM is The Weeknd’s fifth studio album, released on January 7, 2022. As stated by The Weeknd himself, the album is a direct sequel to his fourth studio album After Hours which had been released almost two years prior.

The album is formatted conceptually as a radio program, hence its title, with Jim Carrey acting as the host having multiple spoken-word interludes throughout. Interestingly, The Weeknd does have his own radio show on Beats 1 called “Memento Mori,” which first began in 2018 and was used to promote the album in the months leading up to its release.

Abel first teased new music in a Rolling Stone cover piece, where he said:

I might have another album ready to go by the time this quarantine is over. I’m guilty of wanting to outdo my last album.

He continued to tease new music in a series of cryptic tweets on April 27, 2021. In an interview with Variety on May 4, 2021, Abel said:

If the last record is the after hours of the night, then the dawn is coming.

He also wrote “the dawn is coming…” in an Instagram post on May 13, 2021, and then tweeted the same phrase on July 7, 2021. On July 13, 2021, he confirmed that there is an album and that it is almost done in another series of tweets, also stating that he is “really proud” of it.

On August 2, 2021, a few days after deleting all of his posts on Instagram, he announced that the era was starting that night and then posted the snippet of a song. A cover interview with GQ was also released that day, where Abel said “It’s the album I’ve always wanted to make.“ The following day, Abel announced that the song would be releasing that Friday.

On August 6, 2021, the promotional single, “Take My Breath,” was released along with a music video. Three days later, the extended version which would eventually be the version that appears on the album, was released.

On October 5, 2021, during a new episode of his radio show “Memento Mori”, The Weeknd revealed that the record would have “exciting” features (which he referred to as “characters”) and that they would be “essential to the story” of the album. He also confirmed that he had completed the project and was only missing a few things.

The album’s final release date was announced four days before its release, on January 3, 2022. The official artwork was revealed the next day, on January 4.

On January 5, 2022, the official tracklist for the album was released.

Song Credits

Featuring: Lil Wayne , Tyler, The Creator
Producers: Benny Bock , Brian Kennedy , Bruce Johnston , Calvin Harris , Charlie Coffeen , DaHeala , Jeff “Gitty” Gitelman , Matt Cohn , Max Martin , Oneohtrix Point Never , Oscar Holter , Peter Lee Johnson , Rex Kudo , Swedish House Mafia , TBHits , The Weeknd
Writers: Axwell , Belly , Benny Bock , Brian Kennedy , Bruce Johnston , Calvin Harris , Charlie Coffeen , Christian Love , DaHeala , Jeff “Gitty” Gitelman , Jim Carrey , Kevin McCord , Lil Wayne , Matt Cohn , Max Martin , Oneohtrix Point Never , Oscar Holter , Quincy Jones , Rex Kudo , Sebastian Ingrosso , Steve Angello , TBHits , Tetsuro Harada , 亜蘭知子 (Tomoko Aran) , Tyler, The Creator , The Weeknd
A&R: Wendy Goldstein
Additional Producer: Matt Cohn , Max Martin , Oneohtrix Point Never , Oscar Holter
Additional Production: Matt Cohn , Max Martin , Oneohtrix Point Never , Oscar Holter
Additional Vocals: Peter Lee Johnson
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Kevin Petersen , Kevin Peterson
Background Vocals: Bruce Johnston , Christian Love , ELVIRA , Max Martin , The Weeknd
Bass: Max Martin , Oscar Holter , The Weeknd
Cello: David Bukovinszky
Choir: Angela Parrish , Anna Davidson , Bri Holland , Jessica Rotter , Joanna Wallfisch , Katie Hampton , Rachel Panchal , Sarah Margaret Huff , Sara Mann
Choir Arranger: Jasper Randall
Choir Members: Angela Parrish , Anna Davidson , Bri Holland , Joanna Wallfisch , Katie Hampton , Michel Colombier , Rachel Panchal , Sarah Margaret Huff , Sara Mann
Co-Producer: Matt Cohn , Max Martin , Oscar Holter , Swedish House Mafia
Composer: Axwell , Calvin Harris , DaHeala , Desembra , Jeff “Gitty” Gitelman , Jim Carrey , Kevin McCord , Lil Wayne , Matt Cohn , Max Martin , Oneohtrix Point Never , Oscar Holter , Peter Lee Johnson , Quincy Jones , Sebastian Ingrosso , Steve Angello , TBHits , Tetsuro Harada , 亜蘭知子 (Tomoko Aran) , The Weeknd
Copyright ©: Republic Records , Universal Music Group , XO Records
Distributor: Universal Music Group
Drums: Max Martin , Oscar Holter , Shellback , The Weeknd
Engineer: Jeremy Lertola , Matt Cohn , Michael Ilbert , RJ Cardenas , Sam Holland , Sam Hollander , Shin Kamiyama , Vic Wainstein
Guitar: Max Martin , Oscar Holter
Keyboards: Benny Bock , Brian Kennedy , Bruce Johnston , Calvin Harris , Charlie Coffeen , DaHeala , Max Martin , Oneohtrix Point Never , Oscar Holter , Rex Kudo , The Weeknd
Label: Republic Records , XO Records
Lyricist: Axwell , Calvin Harris , DaHeala , Desembra , Jeff “Gitty” Gitelman , Jim Carrey , Kevin McCord , Lil Wayne , Matt Cohn , Max Martin , Oneohtrix Point Never , Oscar Holter , Peter Lee Johnson , Quincy Jones , Sebastian Ingrosso , Steve Angello , TBHits , The Weeknd
Mastering Engineer: Dave Kutch
Mixing Engineer: Șerban Ghenea , John Hanes
Percussion: Magnus Sjölander
Performance Rights: ASCAP , SOCAN , STIM (PRO)
Phonographic Copyright ℗: Republic Records , Universal Music Group , XO Records
Programmer: Benny Bock , Brian Kennedy , Bruce Johnston , Calvin Harris , Charlie Coffeen , DaHeala , Max Martin , Oneohtrix Point Never , Oscar Holter , Rex Kudo , The Weeknd
Publisher: KMR Music Royalties II SCSP , Kobalt Music , MXM MUSIC AB , Warner/Chappell , Warner Music Group , Wolf Cousins
Recording Engineer: Jeremy Lertola , Matt Cohn , Sam Holland , Shin Kamiyama
Sound Designer: Raphaël Ajuelos
Spoken: Jim Carrey
Strings: Mattias Bylund
Studio Personnel: Dave Kutch , Șerban Ghenea , Jeremy Lertola , John Hanes , Kevin Peterson , Matt Cohn , Michael Ilbert , Sam Holland , Shin Kamiyama
Trombone: Peter Johansson
Vfx Technician: Sunset Edit
Video 1st Assistant Director: Kenneth Arnold Taylor
Video Casting: Jonny Problem
Video Choreography: Ayesha Orange , Nina McNeely
Video Colorist: Joseph Bicknell
Video Costume Designer: Matthew Henson
Video Director: CLIQUA
Video Director Of Photography: Csc , Norm Li
Video Editor: Nick Rondeau
Video Executive Producer: Alli Maxwell , Tim Nash
Video Gaffer: Spencer Scranton
Video Key Grip Operator: Nick Kristen
Video Make-Up Artist: Mike Marino , ProRen FX
Video Post-Producer: Evan Cohen
Video Producer: Roisin Audrey Moloney
Video Production Company: Somesuch
Video Production Designer: Carlos Laszlo
Video Production Supervisor: Joe Keenan
Video Vfx: Foreign Xchange
Violin: Mattias Johansson
Visual Artist: Benjamin Gordon
Vocal Arranger: Bruce Johnston
Vocal Producer: Max Martin , Oscar Holter
Vocals: Jim Carrey , Josh Safdie , Lil Wayne , Tyler, The Creator , The Weeknd
Voice: Jim Carrey , Quincy Jones

 

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