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See The Weeknd kill his former self in “Starboy”

Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd is clean-cut and back with vengeance, as he kills his former self in his latest music video “Starboy” featuring Daft Punk.

The music video, released on Sept. 28, begins with a disguised figure sitting across from The Weeknd — his hands and feet bound with zip ties. The figure makes its way over to the singer, forcing a bag over his head and suffocating him to death. The viewers can see his futile struggle, which ultimately ends in stillness, as he falls to the side of the chair, his lifeless face toward the camera.
As the figure walks away, it lifts the mask concealing its face to unveil a new version of the formerly strangled The Weeknd, marking the end of a stylistic era for the artist.
According to, lyricism from “Starboy” flaunts the materialistic ideology of some mainstream rappers and singers, making mention to the $1.2 million McLaren P1 that The Weeknd owns.
In a way, the single transitions listeners into the self-christened King of The Fall’s second coming.

The lyric, “I come alive in the fall time,” hints back to when The Weeknd first dropped the song an hour before the first day of fall for those in North America.

The Weeknd creates an atmosphere of rage toward the image that he had become by smashing awards, framed records and seemingly-expensive crystal chandeliers. In his lyrics, “look what you’ve done, I’m a motherf—ing starboy,” The Weeknd throws blame to what could be himself — or those that surrounded him on his journey to fame — for the old “Weeknd” that dominated the alternative R&B scene.

“Starboy” is currently positioned at No. 40 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and No. 69 on iTunes top 100 songs chart.

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Allie Taylor

Allie Taylor is a rising senior in the journalism program, and has dedicated most of her life to writing (whether scooping stories on campus, or practicing her creative fiction). She can recite the entirety of Bo Burnham’s “What?” and loves marathons… of Netflix, of course. When Taylor is not in the newsroom, you can find her rehearsing with the cast and crew of S(He) Will Fade, drinking her weight in coffee at Starbucks or burrito-ing herself in a blanket in her dorm room.

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