LIS­TEN UP

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - LIFE - Maeve McDer­mott

Just call him Star­boy. Af­ter guest-star­ring on Bey­oncé’s Le­mon­ade ear­lier this year, The Weeknd nabbed some big-name col­lab­o­ra­tors of his own for his first sin­gle of 2016. Daft Punk lends their disco-lite pro­duc­tion to the ti­tle track of Star­boy, the fol­low-up to Abel Tes­faye’s 2015 break­through Beauty Be­hind the Mad­ness. Star­boy’s lyrics don’t stray far from Tes­faye’s com­fort zone, as he sings about women, drugs and the un­der­belly of fame. He’s still telling latenight para­bles but wisely trades the dystopian synths that weighed down his last al­bum for Daft Punk’s nim­bler drum­beats and retro hand­claps. The singer is still carv­ing out his iden­tity as a pop star, ex­per­i­ment­ing with Michael Jack­son sounda­like tracks and pitch­black R&B, but Star­boy’s 3 a.m. dis­cotheque feels closer to the mu­sic he re­leased on his first, highly-ac­claimed batch of mix­tapes.

The Weeknd teams with Daft Punk for ‘Star­boy’

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