The Weeknd is back with new music, and he’s recruited legendary French electronic duo Daft Punk, as “Starboy” launches to the top of the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart. The track was released late in the evening of Sept. 21 and is the title cut of The Weeknd’s forthcoming album, due Nov. 25 through XO/Republic Records.
The Trending 140 chart measures the real-time acceleration of conversation around artists and their music on Twitter.
“Starboy” hit No. 1 on the Trending 140 in the late afternoon of Sept. 21, after the singer announced the album’s title through his social networks -- but before the song itself was released later that day.
The new album, which Apple Music lists as having 18 tracks, will be the singer’s third studio album and the first since 2015’s Beauty Behind the Madness.
Leading up to the song’s release, there were some clues that The Weeknd and Daft Punk would collaborate together. In a July interview with Billboard, Republic Records executive VP/head of urban A&R Wendy Goldstein said that The Weeknd and Daft Punk were planning to hit the studio together. “I’ve always been a massive Daft Punk fan, and this is the first time that I’ve actually been involved with an artist who’s going to go and work with them,” she said. Additionally, The Weeknd posted a photo on Facebook on Aug. 17 of a speaker box with two Daft Punk figurines on top.