In a new interview with Time, the Weeknd was "cagey" with writer Kara Brown about the specific life events (i.e. Selena Gomez speculation) that informed this year's My Dear Melancholy project. Before Melancholy, however, the Weeknd had wrapped work on a more upbeat album that he later scrapped for the sake of authenticity. "Prior to Melancholy, I had a whole album written, done," he said. "Which wasn't melancholy at all because it was a different time in my life . . . It was very upbeat—it was beautiful."
As for why, specifically, he chose to can the project, the Weeknd added that he had simply moved on. "I don't want to perform something that I don't feel," he said.
Following the release of Melancholy, a rumor started to build that posited another new EP was set for release earlier this month. According to images shared across social media at the time, the project was titled We're Alone Together. In a statement to Complex, however, a source close to the situation confirmed that a new project had not been set for release that week.