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The Weeknd Announces New Project ‘The Idol Vol. 1’; Collaboration With HBO Still “In Place”

The Idol Vol. 1 is the latest project by The Weeknd that will be released shortly. On social media on Wednesday afternoon, the “Blinding Lights” singer teased the project by posting a video of himself at the recording studio. In the post, The Weeknd wrote,

“THE IDOL VOL. 1 💿 coming soon (double fantasy & jealous guy just a taste),”

The Weeknd Announces New Project 'The Idol Vol. 1'; Collaboration With Hbo Still &Quot;In Place&Quot;, Yours Truly, News, June 18, 2024
Inglewood, California &Ndash; November 27: In This Image Released On December 7, The Weeknd Performs During His &Ldquo;After Hours Til Dawn&Rdquo; Tour At Sofi Stadium On November 27, 2022, In Los Angeles, California. (Photo By Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For Live Nation)

The video was released soon after The Weeknd hinted that he and Future collaborated on a new song during a rare live Instagram session. Before this, the two worked together on the songs “Low Life” from Future’s album EVOL and “All I Know” from The Weeknd’s album Starboy. The Weeknd also appeared to allude to a surprise visit at Coachella during the live feed this weekend.

The Weeknd’s upcoming project will be his first after the widely acclaimed Dawn FM in 2022. However, the phrase “Vol. 1” in the title suggests that there will be other initiatives in the Future. HBO is getting ready to premiere The Weeknd’s new show of the same name sometime this year when the announcement is made.

The Weeknd Announces New Project 'The Idol Vol. 1'; Collaboration With Hbo Still &Quot;In Place&Quot;, Yours Truly, News, June 18, 2024

In an exposé published earlier this year, Rolling Stone described various behind-the-scenes challenges the show had to cope with. For example, they claimed 13 insiders said it was a “shit show,” and they mentioned repeated delays, reshoots, and rewrites.

The Weeknd also hit back at Rolling Stone with a video on Twitter in which he appeared as himself talking about the publication. HBO later responded to the article in a statement.

The statement read,

“The creators and producers of The Idol have been working hard to create one of HBO’s most exciting and provocative original programs. Unfortunately, the initial approach on the show and production of the early episodes did not meet HBO standards, so we chose to make a change. The creative team has been committed to creating a safe, collaborative, and mutually respectful working environment throughout the process.”

 

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