The Weeknd shared the official new music video for his hit single ‘Blinding Lights’, picking up where his ‘Heartless’ video left off.
Helmed by the same director behind ‘Heartless’, Anton Tammi, ‘Blinding Lights’ sees The Weeknd continue his Las Vegas bender, as he speeds around the city, and dances in the street. The visual is an 80s fever dream, with bits of Knight Rider, Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger’s ‘Dancing In The Street’ thrown in.
Abel Tesfaye naturally zooms around the city in a new Benz, after first debuting the single with the Mercedes-Benz EQC campaign, where he also served as Creative Director.
Sin City isn’t the only location that crops up in the video, as Abel dances around downtown Los Angeles including the historic Cicada Club, where he becomes entranced by a cabaret singer. From there, the psychedelic trip continues, like a slick car commercial on acid.
Since making his feature film debut in the new movie Uncut Gems, Abel has been showing off more of his acting chops in these cinematic visuals.
The Weeknd will also be performing the global hit song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tomorrow (22 January) night with a special performance at 11:35pm/10:35pm CST. The pop-R&B singer first performed ‘Blinding Lights’ as part of a two-night musical takeover on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert back in December.
‘Blinding Lights’ has earned over 330 million streams since its year-end release and has hit No.1 across streaming platforms and airplay charts in several major international territories. It also notched the singer his first UK No.1, after knocking Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Before You Go’ from the top spot.
While the singer has been dropping hints for a while, there is still no confirmed release date for his forthcoming album.
The Weeknd’s last full-length album was 2016’s Starboy, followed by the six-song EP, My Dear Melancholy, in 2018.