The Weeknd only released his chart-topping After Hours album in March 2020, but it appears quarantine has inspired him enough to record an entire new project.
The Toronto singer took to Twitter in the early hours of Tuesday morning (April 27) to tweet some sporadic thoughts about the music he’s recorded while social distancing. The five tweets were sent out over the course of around 30 minutes and all started with a Bugs Bunny GIF.
“what is real?” he wrote. “made so much magic in the small quarantined room. nothing’s ever random. now just piecing it all together… it’s so beautiful.”
In September 2020, The Weeknd revealed the possibility of releasing another album once quarantine ends, but the statement was pretty vague considering there was no timeframe on when the world would be going back to normal.
“I might have another album ready to go by the time this quarantine is over,” he said at the time. “I’m guilty of wanting to outdo my last album, but it’s never like, ‘I’ve got to do the same type of song.’ I’m so happy I’m not like that. My palette is so wide.”
The Weeknd is asthmatic and took extra precautions since the start of the pandemic. He worked with a limited number of people including photographer Nabil Elderkin and affiliates from his XO label, with COVID-19 tests being taken every two weeks.
Earlier this month, The Weeknd announced he’d be donating $1 million to Ethiopia to provide food amid violence in the country.
“My heart breaks for my people of Ethiopia as innocent civilians ranging from small children to the elderly are being senselessly murdered and entire villages are being displaced out of fear and destruction,” he wrote. “I will be donating $1 million to provide 2 million meals through the United Nations World Food Programme and encourage those who can to please give as well.”