The Weeknd Was Supposed To Record With Prince

The Weeknd covers the latest issue of WSJ Magazine, in a spread shot by infamous photographer Terry Richardson. As far as I can tell, the article is behind a paywall, but it’s the internet so here are the takeaways from the feature. The Weeknd says the album was “a thousand percent” influenced by the deaths of David Bowie and Prince. “I just love Bowie, I think he’s the ultimate inventor,” he said, and the “Starboy” title is an homage to Bowie’s “Starman.” In addition, the piece reveals The Weeknd was supposed to record with Prince at Paisley Park before his April death.

He also shares some details about working with Daft Punk. “Their studio is like a spaceship, there’s a lot of gear” — as you might expect.

Starboy is out November 25, and early next year The Weeknd heads out on a world tour. You high rollers can read the article here while everyone else can at least check out a video profile, and see some of the Richardson shots here.