As viewers tuned in to the second episode of “The Idol,” attention was naturally drawn to Blackpink‘s Jennie Kim. However, The Weeknd remains committed to treating fans with singles from the HBO series’ soundtrack. Ahead of the episode, “World Class Sinner” and “The Lure” were released, joining the previously unveiled tracks “Double Fantasy” featuring Future and “Popular” featuring Madonna and Playboi Carti. Following the episode, two more singles emerged: “Family” by The Weeknd with Suzanna Son and “Devil’s Paradise” by Mike Dean. The Weeknd expressed particular excitement for Son’s character, Chloe, sharing clips of her playing “Family” on the piano on Instagram.
The Weeknd’s “The Idol” Music Plan
The Weeknd, also known as Abel Tesfaye, revealed his music release plan for “The Idol” on June 7. Originally intending to drop the entire soundtrack by the finale, he decided to amp up the excitement and release new music from the show each week, aligning with the episode releases. Tesfaye expressed his anticipation for fans to hear the remarkable artists involved in the project. He kicked off the weekly releases with Jocelyn’s pop song “World Class Sinner” and “The Lure” (theme score) in conjunction with episode 2.
Behind “The Idol” Creation
“The Idol” is a collaborative effort between Tesfaye, Sam Levinson (known for “Euphoria”), and Reza Fahim. The show revolves around Jocelyn (played by Lily-Rose Depp), a pop star on a quest to reclaim her status after a previous tour setback. Her journey is ignited by Tedros (Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye), a nightclub impresario with a shady past. HBO’s official synopsis delves into Jocelyn’s pursuit of greatness and explores whether her romantic awakening will lead to triumph or plunge her into the depths of her soul.
The Weeknd, born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye on February 16, 1990, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. Known for his soulful R&B sound and introspective lyrics, The Weeknd rose to prominence with his mixtapes before achieving mainstream success with his debut studio album, “Kiss Land,” in 2013. His distinct vocal style and emotionally charged songs have garnered critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase. With chart-topping hits like “Blinding Lights” and “Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd has solidified his position as a leading figure in contemporary music, continually pushing creative boundaries and captivating audiences worldwide.