Listen: The Weeknd's new single Starboy features house duo Daft Punk

The Weeknd is back with a brand new collaboration with Daft Punk. Photo / Getty Images
The Weeknd is back with a brand new collaboration with Daft Punk. Photo / Getty Images

The Weeknd, the R&B singer who burst into the mainstream last year, has returned with a new single featuring the beats of reclusive electronic duo Daft Punk.

Entitled Starboy - not to be confused with New Zealand's "godfather of legal highs" - the track is the first single off his upcoming album of the same name, the follow-up to his Grammy-nominated Beauty Behind the Madness.

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Starboy marks a shift to musical minimalism for The Weeknd, with Daft Punk bringing in a heavy bass line but keeping the focus on his full yet high-ranged voice.

Lyrically, the song has echoes of hip-hop as The Weeknd boasts of his new found wealth, including his flashy cars and hot girlfriend.

The song marks a rare appearance by Daft Punk since the French house pioneers' 2013 album Random Access Memories, which won the Album of the Year Grammy.

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The Weeknd had earlier hinted at the collaboration by posting on social media a picture of two figurines of the helmeted duo, whose members, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, never appear in public outside their robotic outfits.

Putting his full effort into promoting the upcoming album, The Weeknd deleted all material on his Instagram account and Thursday only had a profile picture of the Starboy cover. He did not immediately reveal details of the album.

It was available for pre-order on iTunes, which said the album was expected to come out on November 25 and consist of 18 tracks.


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