The Weeknd's new album Starboy came out last week, and we're still taking it all in. His third studio album and sixth full-length project is a sweeping, ambitious statement of intent from an artist who is now one of the biggest pop stars in the world. The same shadowy figure who emerged from Toronto in 2011 is on course for his second consecutive Billboard No. 1 album after a string of high-profile late night TV performances.
The new visual identity for The Weeknd has been on point too, with Nabil shooting the album cover and Grant Singer directing a short film, M A N I A, and the "Starboy" video. All this seems to mark a new era for The Weeknd as he's peeling back some of the mystery and presenting us with music that is more varied and polished than ever before.
At 18 tracks and over an hour long, there's a lot to take in on Starboy. Here are nine things we learned.