The Weeknd’s new album Starboy comes out at midnight tonight on all digital platforms, but not before he performs both of his new collaborations with Daft Punk for Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.
Having already performed “Starboy” on SNL a few weeks ago, Abel will perform “Starboy” and his newer collaboration, “I Feel It Coming,” tonight for Thanksgiving ahead of the release of his album.
“Starboy” has already been performed live at both the MTV EMAs and the AMAs, as well as on network television, so it will be interesting to see how he keeps it fresh. The performance of “I Feel It Coming” will be the first live performance of the single.
There’s also the question of whether Daft Punk will appear for the performance. Their last live television performance was at the Grammy’s in 2014 (not counting their appearance in the TIDAL promotional video in 2015). However unlikely their appearance is, these two collaborations are their first productions since “Gust of Wind” by Pharrell in 2014 so one can definitely hope.
Catch the show tonight at 11:35/10:35c on NBC.
performing "i feel it coming" and "starboy" on @jimmyfallon tonight !!!!!!!!!
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 24, 2016
The Weeknd recently sat down with Zane Lowe of Beats 1 to talk about the creation of both collaborations, as well, including the timing and way in which they were created.
I came in, we went to Paris. I came into the session and Thomas and Guy-Man had already started a track, which was “I Feel It Coming,” which was just the music. It was one of the tracks they were playing for me and I was freestyle over it and trying to find a vibe with it. So, we were writing it. I was writing the lyrics to “I Feel It Coming” and then probably finished it in about an hour. Went into the booth and started recording it. Guy-Man and Thomas were kind of directing me, they want it to sound as authentic as possible. As retro as possible. And while I’m recording, through the talkback I can here some sort of feedback, sort of drum loop every time Thomas is like “OK, next take.” So I’m like, what the fuck is that? What is that sound? So I walk in and it’s Guy-Man on his phone, on his laptop or something, and it’s the drums of “Starboy.” We’re like, “What is that?” He’s like, “It’s just something on my phone,” and I’m like, “Put that shit on the fucking speakers, let me hear that.” And it’s just this crazy monstrous loop, so I put “I Feel It Coming” to the side. I’m like, “I’m writing this.” Literally wrote Starboy in 30 minutes.