The Weeknd Teases Funky 'Starboy' Album with Twisted Short Film 'Mania'

Courtesy Photo
The Weeknd, "Mania"

With his third studio effort Starboy arriving Friday (Nov. 25), The Weeknd rolls out a short 11-minute film called Mania.

The clip opens with images of a majestic black panther perched on a white geometric platform. Abel Tesfaye then hugs the pavement in a sleek red Acura NSX, singing, "I ran out of tears when I was 18, so nobody made me/ But the mean streets 'cause too many people think they made me/ Well if they really made me, then replace me."

The crooner then hits the club, and is mesmerized by a seductress dominating the dancefloor, played by French model Anais Mali. The clip takes a bloody turn when a villain tries to slash The Weeknd with a knife, only for the XO leader and his leading lady to emerge unscathed and partake in an intimate dance.

The Weeknd dishes out samples of Starboy in Mania, with a snippet of a Future collaboration and a few funky pop tunes mixed with futuristic R&B, before closing the Grant Singer-directed visual with the singer's second Daft Punk collaboration, "I Feel It Coming."

Watch The Weeknd's Mania below.

THE BILLBOARD BIZ
SUBSCRIBER EXPERIENCE

The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.


To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.