The Weeknd tips next LP to be his 'best'
The Weeknd has tipped his new record to be the "best- sounding album" he's ever made.
The 'Can't Feel My Face' hitmaker - whose real name is Abel Tesfaye - has also teased that the record is inspired by everyone from The Smiths through to Prince and has an "aggressive" edge to it.
In an interview with VMAN magazine, Abel said: "The production feels aggressive but still sexy. The Smiths, Bad Brains, Talking Heads, Prince and DeBarge play roles.
"We wrote it all in Los Angeles. I think it'll be the best-sounding album I've ever done. It's hard to label the sound because, when I first came out, nobody would label it R&B. I just want to keep pushing the envelope without it feeling forced."
So far all that is known is that Abel is reportedly teaming up with the French electronic duo Daft Punk on a new song, much to the delight of an executive from the singer's record label.
Wendy Goldstein, Republic Records executive VP/head of urban A&R, recently said: "We have a session coming up in two days with The Weeknd and Daft Punk. I'm a massive Daft Punk fan, and this is the first time that I've actually been involved with an artist who's going to go and work with them."
Abel also hinted at the collaboration last month when he uploaded a photograph of two Daft Punk action figures sat on top of a speaker on his Facebook page.
Their third album will be the follow-up to 2015's 'Beauty Behind the Madness'.