The Weeknd says his next album is "nearing completion," hints at further collaborations

The follow-up to After Hours could be with us in the next few months.

The Weeknd has teased the release of his fifth album, stating that the record is "nearing completion."

Preceded by the single Take My Breath - which became the Weeknd's 26th Top 40 hit and has so far peaked at Number 13 on the Official Singles Chart - the LP would be the follow-up to UK Number 1 After Hours

Speaking on his Beats 1 radio show Momento Mori (via Complex) the Weeknd seemingly confirmed that work on the album was coming to an end, and that fans could expect some eclectic collaborations. 

"[The] only thing missing is a couple [of] characters that are key to the narrative," he said.


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"Some people that are near and dear to me, some people that inspired my life as a child, and some that inspire me now. More to come in the following months.”

Previous collaborations from the Weeknd include tracks with influential French dance music droids Daft Punk, Lana Del Rey and Doja Cat. 

Upon its release, After Hours became The Weeknd's second Number 1 album on the Official Albums Chart. Its biggest hit, the Max Martin-produced Blinding Lights, spent a mammoth eight weeks at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart. 

According to Official Charts Company data, the songs from the After Hours era have tallied a combined 651.5 million streams in the UK. The album contained a further two Top 10 hits for The Weeknd in the form of lead single Heartless (Number 10) and Save Your Tears (Number 2) which was boosted by a remix with Ariana Grande.