The Weeknd appears to be setting up for the release of another album, sparking anticipation among fans. The 33-year-old global sensation took to the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter) over the weekend to drop subtle hints about the possibility of a trilogy following his 2020 album "After Hours" and 2022 album "Dawn FM."
In a series of posts, the "Die For You" artist shared the cover art of his previous albums, culminating in a mysterious third image featuring a white question mark. Accompanying the post was a simple caption, featuring the number 3 emoji, leaving fans to speculate about the potential trilogy.
Building on the intrigue, The Weeknd retweeted a fan page's three-part image that chronicled the different eras of his recent albums. The colors red, blue-green, and purple represented the "pain, regret, rebirth" narrative, leading fans to theorize that his upcoming album might be titled "After Life," drawing connections from the closing song "Every Angel Is Terrifying" on "Dawn FM."
This isn't the first time The Weeknd has alluded to a trilogy. Back in January 2022, shortly after the release of "Dawn FM," he teased the idea by tweeting:
""I wonder… did you know you’re experiencing a new trilogy." "- The Weeknd
The Weeknd initially gained widespread recognition in 2011 with the release of his three mixtapes, "House Of Balloons," "Thursday," and "Echoes of Silence," collectively compiled into the seminal 2012 collection "Trilogy."
In a candid interview with W Magazine last year, The Weeknd expressed his desire to retire from the "Weeknd" chapter of his career. Reflecting on his cathartic journey, he hinted at shedding the persona and being reborn, emphasizing that his upcoming album might be the culmination of his career as The Weeknd.
Discussing the forthcoming album, he revealed:
"“The album I’m working on now is probably my last hurrah as The Weeknd. This is something that I have to do. As The Weeknd, I’ve said everything I can say.”"- The Weeknd
As fans eagerly await this potential trilogy's final installment, The Weeknd's evolution and artistic reinvention continue to captivate audiences around the world.