The Weeknd stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Friday, 6 December, for the second time this week. This time around, the Grammy-winning singer performed new single ‘Blinding Lights’.
Broadcast in black and white, the XO singer performed in a hall of mirrors on Colbert while members of the audience held up small, square mirrors to reflect light from the stage, resulting in a glistening strobe effect. You can check the performance out below.
‘Blinding Lights’ was first teased last month in an advertisement for Mercedes-Benz’s new EQC days after the release of The Weeknd’s other new single ‘Heartless’.
‘Heartless’ marked the first new music from The Weeknd since he appeared on NAV’s Bad Habits album back in March and before that, Gesaffelstein’s second studio album, Hyperion in January of 2019.
He also teamed up with SZA and Travis Scott for ‘Power Is Power,’ their contribution to the Game of Thrones-inspired For The Thrones album.
On Thursday’s (December 5) episode of Colbert, The Weeknd performed ‘Heartless’, as he wandered through the halls of New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater.
In August, The Weeknd teased that his upcoming ‘Chapter VI’ album was on the way. Posting an image of himself on Twitter, he said: “album mode full effect”, much to the delight of his followers.
Hinting at big things to come in a tweet last year, he said of the upcoming project: “Some chapters are smaller than others. Not this next one though…”
Speaking to the crowd during a show in his home city of Toronto, he teased: “I wanna let you guys know, being in Toronto these past two days… I haven’t been this inspired in years, I got to tell you.”
While the Weeknd hasn’t shared any further details about his new album, the follow-up to 2016’s Starboy, the Safdie brothers, who recently directed the artist in Uncut Gems, recently tweeted, “This whole album is like plugging into a degenerate HIFI system at a club at 5am. Love it,” which the Weeknd retweeted.