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The Weeknd Originally Wanted ‘Starboy’ to Be A Chicago House Album

On the heels of his newly released No. 1 Album Starboy, The Weeknd sat down with Billboard for a rare all-telling interview.

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The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, touched on topics ranging from the 6 month curation process of his new LP, songwriters he looks up to, his Ethiopian roots, coping with stage fright anxiety and more.

One intriguing takeaway from the interview was Abel’s revelation that his original vision for Starboy was for it to be Chicago House driven.

When asked if he was consciously was going for ­something more pop? Abel responded:

I tried to find different registers that I hadn’t sung in before. I sang a lot of low stuff on songs like “Secrets” and “Rockin’,” almost like Toni Braxton. On “Secrets,” I’m a different person. I’ve played it for people, and they have no idea it’s me. I even wanted to make an entire album where it was all very “Vogue”-inspired, music like Frankie Knuckles and Chicago house. That was the initial idea for “Rockin’,” which is one of the first ones I finished for the album.

While there are divergent styles of Chicago House, “Rockin’,” the fifth track that appears on Starboy, emulates vibes of a funky jack track.

It’s no question, Abel’s appreciation for experimental synths, rumbling 808’s, and electronic music in a whole has been abundant throughout his career.

The Weekend’s Starboy, sold 348,000 equivalent albums for the third-biggest opening week of 2016. 

Read his Billboard cover story here.

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