The Weeknd celebrated the release of his new album, Starboy, in his hometown of Toronto, headlining the inaugural iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball at the Air Canada Centre on Friday (Nov. 25). Thirty minutes of his set will be broadcast tonight (Nov. 26) at 9 p.m. local time on the iHeartRadio app, along with 112 radio stations, including KISS in Los Angeles and Z100 in New York.
“My album just dropped last night [midnight]. I’ve been partying for two days straight,” he told the crowd of 20,000 after taking the stage shortly after 10 p.m. and playing “The Hills,” “False Alarm,” “Often” and “Acquainted.” “You know, I had to come to Toronto to celebrate with my fans.”
Wearing the Panther Bomber Jacket from his exclusive line of Starboy merchandise (the pop-up shop is open in Toronto through Sunday, Nov. 27) — the 26-year-old (born Abel Tesfaye) then sang two songs he’s featured on, Future’s “Low Life” and Belly’s “Might Not.” (Belly was also on the Jingle Ball bill but did not join him).
“I dropped a new album last night called Starboy,” he said again. “First and foremost, I’d like to thank iHeart for letting me do this tonight. Shout out to Toronto for always showing me love. You guys always support me so I had to come back home and really represent. Shout out to XO, one time. I’m going to play you some new songs. Is that cool, if I play some new music?” He segued into the destined smash “I Feel It Coming,” the sexy funk single featuring Daft Punk, who is also on the first single, “Starboy.”
That was it for new music, for now. Next he went back to his last album, Beauty Behind the Madness, for three songs, “In The Night,” “Earned It” and “Can’t Feel My Face,” before winding down his 40-minute set with his Drake feature “Crew Love.”
“They said I have to leave, but I should do one more song before I get the f— outta here. I think this song represents where I am in my life and where Toronto is right now. And we are definitely unstoppable,” he said. Then he played “Starboy.”
The inaugural iHeart Jingle Ball in Canada included sets by the Chainsmokers, Hedley, Alessia Cara, one song by Niall Horan, as well as Belly, Serena Ryder and Kent Jones. Kardinal Offishall performed at the audience warm-up with DJ Starting From Scratch.