The Weeknd Wrote 'Beauty Behind The Madness' Songs With Ed Sheeran, and In Marilyn Monroe's Bedroom

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The Weeknd performs during the HARD Summer Music Festival at Fairplex on Aug. 1, 2015 in Pomona, California.  

With two songs currently residing in the top 5 of the Hot 100, The Weeknd's forthcoming album, Beauty Behind the Madness, is nothing short of a highly anticipated release -- especially now that he has revealed the stories behind two of the songs.

In a new interview with GQ, The Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye) discussed his rapid increase in popularity, honest lyrics, and relationship with Kanye West. But it was his pivotal and breakthrough moments from recording BBTM that were most intriguing, thanks to Ed Sheeran's freestyle rapping and Marilyn Monroe's bedroom.

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"I wrote a song with Ed Sheeran that was kind of spontaneous," The Weeknd told the magazine. "He was hosting the Much Music Awards in Toronto and I invited him, and pretty much the entire awards show, to my condo to party. It went on until about 5 in the morning but we didn’t write the song until that next day, so you can imagine how that night went. Ed also did a freestyle battle with Waka Flocka in my kitchen. That was pretty dope."

Although he didn't specify what song he and Sheeran wrote together, The Weeknd revealed the tracklist for BBTM on Aug. 4, which shows Sheeran featured on a song called "Dark Times." He also worked with producer Max Martin, who co-wrote and co-produced The Weeknd's first No. 1, "Can't Feel My Face," which resulted in some rather interesting recording situations for the album.

"In a span of like a month, we did so many songs," The Weeknd said. "Max’s studio used to be Marilyn Monroe’s old house and I came up with the concept for a song called “In the Night” in her bedroom. That was pretty amazing. Unfortunately I couldn’t help but imagine Joe DiMaggio's sperm everywhere on the floor."

Just days before Beauty Behind the Madness drops on Aug. 28, The Weeknd will be headlining Billboard's inaugural Hot 100 Music Festival on Aug. 22. Get your tickets to see him perform and see the rest of the lineup here.

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