The Weeknd simply dropped the music video for his track “Save Your Tears,” and in it he’s sporting face prosthetics. (Each the Day by day Mail and The Impartial report the transformation is the results of time within the make-up chair, not precise surgical procedure. Leisure Tonight writes the look is “clearly faux.”) The Weeknd’s “new face” instantly grabbed social media’s consideration, however in the event you’ve been following his work through the After Hours period, this transformation really makes a lot sense.
It follows the story he’s been telling since dropping the music video for “Heartless” in November 2019. Per Pitchfork, “Heartless” sees The Weeknd tripping whereas partying in Vegas. Then, within the “Blinding Lights” video, he will get much more damage. The clip for “In Your Eyes” ends with the singer being decapitated, then within the “Too Late” video his head is connected to another person’s physique. This was adopted by a number of awards present appearances the place he was seen sporting facial bandages. Now, within the “Save Your Tears” video, the bandages have come off.
Watch the clip for your self, under:
The Weeknd’s followers have a number of theories about what he’s attempting to say. Some suppose one clip is a diss on the Grammys, which snubbed After Hours regardless of it being probably the most critically and commercially profitable albums of 2020. At one level within the video, he’s holding a gold trophy after which throws it away.
“I suppose [he] is exhibiting us how continuously pressured he feels to be ‘good’ by the trade, Grammys, and many others.,” one fan wrote on Twitter, in keeping with ET. “Now he received that botched up face and I suppose sooner or later he may have an ‘alone once more’ mv the place he takes it off and learns to like himself for who he’s.”
When After Hours didn’t obtain any Grammy nominations, The Weeknd took to Twitter and wrote, “The Grammys stay corrupt. You owe me, my followers, and the trade transparency…”
It was rumored The Weeknd’s plans to carry out on the 2021 Tremendous Bowl would possibly’ve impacted his Grammy noms, however Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy’s chair and interim president/CEO, shot that down.
“We perceive that The Weeknd is dissatisfied at not being nominated,” he stated in a press release to Billboard. “I used to be stunned and might empathize with what he’s feeling. His music this 12 months was glorious…. We had been thrilled after we discovered he can be performing on the upcoming Tremendous Bowl and we might have liked to have him additionally carry out on the Grammy stage the weekend earlier than…. To be clear, voting in all classes ended effectively earlier than The Weeknd’s efficiency on the Tremendous Bowl was introduced, so under no circumstances might it have affected the nomination course of.”
However again to the video. Some followers are satisfied the feminine lead of the clip is a Selena Gomez lookalike. (Gomez and The Weekend dated in 2017.)
As for why The Weeknd selected this “bloodied, bandaged, cosmetic surgery” motif in any respect, he supplied some perception to Esquire, particularly concerning the “Blinding Lights” music video. “‘Blinding Lights’ [is about] the way you wish to see somebody at night time, and also you’re intoxicated, and also you’re driving to this individual and also you’re simply blinded by streetlights,” he advised the journal. “However nothing might cease you from attempting to go see that individual, since you’re so lonely. I don’t wish to ever promote drunk driving, however that’s what the darkish undertone is.”
Does “Save Your Tears” mark the tip of the story, although? We’ll have to attend and see.
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