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Grammy Winner The Weeknd Teases Brand New Music

The Weeknd has shared a snippet of a new dance track on Instagram (listen below).

The "Save Your Tears" hitmaker has been teasing fans that a new era is on the way after retiring his red suit-wearing After Hours alter ego for his acclaimed 2020 album. And now he's posted a clip of a new song on Twitter, declaring that his new era has begun.

The Grammy winner wrote: "f*** it ... IT STARTS TONIGHT. (sic)"

The clip, which is just over a minute long, already exceeded a million views in a matter of hours. The preview comes after The Weeknd - whose real name is Abel Tesfaye - recently tweeted that he's "really proud" of his upcoming album and insisted that it’s "a full body of work".

In May, the 31-year-old superstar officially retired his red suit at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards. At the end of his acceptance speech for Top Hot 100 Artist, he declared: "I’d like to thank God I don’t have to wear that red suit anymore."

His two-piece for his fourth studio album was complete with gloves and a face bandage. The Weeknd wore the costume for his Super Bowl halftime performance, the MTV Video Music Awards, and the AMAs. He explained how the bandages reflected the absurdity of celebrities who get plastic surgery and manipulate their appearance for validation.

The Weeknd had previously said: "The significance of the entire head bandages is reflecting on the absurd culture of Hollywood celebrity and people manipulating themselves for superficial reasons to please and be validated.

"It’s all a progression and we watch the character’s storyline hit heightened levels of danger and absurdity as his tale goes on."

Listen/stream The Weeknd here.

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