When rumors began to surface that Daft Punk were collaborating with The Weeknd, the internet was sent into a frenzy. Since the release of their critically acclaimed fourth album Random Access Memories, the mysterious French duo were silent (as usual) until this week.
On Thursday, they dropped “Starboy” serving as the lead single of The Weeknd‘s upcoming album of the same name.
“Starboy” quickly soared up the charts and is currently sitting at #2 but many Daft Punk fans are disappointed.
The first major point is that this is NOT a Daft Punk track – they are featured and played a prominent role in both writing and production, but the track still follows The Weeknd‘s lyricism and style. While fans were expecting the French duo to flex their production ingenuity more, you can still hear their influence especially during the chorus.
Comparing it to Abel’s other recent collaboration with Cashmere Cat “Wild Love“, the two tracks couldn’t be further apart. “Wild Love” is first and foremost a Cashmere Cat track that utilizes The Weeknd‘s harmonies and vocals as a pseudo-instrument.
“Starboy” on the other hand is meant to be a hit from the get-go. What do you think about The Weeknd‘s new single?