The release has already served up a commercially successful hit with the title track which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. For the 18-track project, The Weeknd recruited an A-list group of collaborators including Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, Future, and Lana Del Rey for guest features while Cashmere Cat recently revealed he produced four tracks on the album.
"The way they make music, the way they explain it, is very cinematic. It’s like they’re reading a page out of a novel," Weeknd has said of his time collaborating with Daft Punk. "They can get technical, but it was interesting how they visualize making music."
The singer has been open about the influence that musical icons David Bowie and Prince, who both passed away this year, had on the new project. Starboy is "a thousand percent" inspired by both artists, he confirmed to The Wall Street Journal, with the album title referencing Bowie's 1972 hit "Starman."
The Weeknd will be supporting the album with his Legend of the Fall Tour, which begins in February 2017 in Europe with special guests Bryson Tiller and Lil Uzi Vert. The U.S. leg of the tour kicks off in April and will keep him on the road through June.