New weekend arrives, new Weeknd drops. Get used to it.
The Weeknd announced he’ll release fresh music from his HBO series The Idol every week rather than waiting until the first season finishes airing. Today we've got “World Class Sinner/I’m a Freak,” credited to Lily-Rose Depp’s pop star protagonist Jocelyn, and “The Lure,” which doubles as the show’s theme.
“I was planning on dropping the whole soundtrack for idol by the finale, but I’m too hyped…instead, I wanna drop new music from the show every week with each episode,” Abel wrote on Instagram this week. “I’m excited for you guys to hear what we’ve been cooking and all these incredible artists that are a part of this show…this week…Jocelyn’s pop song ‘world class sinner’ and ‘the lure’ (theme score)…episode 2 this Sunday.”
Last Friday saw The Weeknd link with Madonna and Playboi Carti for “Popular.” Abel has since said he’d like to write and produce an album for Madge, and that we’ll “hear more of her in the show as well.”
The Idol will run through July 9, when it airs its sixth and final episode of Season 1. The premiere, “Pop Tarts & Rat Tales,” hit HBO and its streaming service Max last Sunday; “Double Fantasy”—which shares a title with The Weeknd’s Future-featuring debut Idol single—hits screens June 11.
Though the show has been stirring up volatile discourse since its Cannes Film Festival premiere in May, its star power will likely keep viewers tuning in to see what else Euphoria creator Sam Levinson & Co. have to offer. Besides Tesfaye and Depp, it’s got Troye Sivan, Dan Levy, Moses Sumney, Mike Dean, Eli Roth, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Hank Azaria, and more.
Below, stream “The Lure (Main Theme)" written and performed (wordlessly) by The Weeknd and Mike Dean, and “World Class Sinner/I’m a Freak," sung by Lily-Rose Depp, produced by Asa Taccone, and penned by Taccone and Tesfaye.