The Weeknd To Contribute To New Avatar Soundtrack

7 December 2022 | 9:05 am | Mary Varvaris

This movie and The Weeknd are sure to make a ton of money with this collaboration.

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The Weeknd, AKA Abel Tesfaye, is officially a movie star.

The Blinding Lights singer has teased his involvement in the new Avatar: The Way Of Water film by releasing a snippet of music with the date 16 December and Avatar art to his social media. His post was shared by the film's official social media accounts and, notably, by the producer of the original movie and upcoming sequel, Jon Landau, who welcomed The Weeknd to the family.

A Disney representative has told Entertainment Weekly that The Weeknd's song will play during The Way Of Water's end credits.

The singer's latest album, Dawn FM, has been yet another success. The Cliqua-directed video for Out Of Time features South Korean model and actress HoYeon Jung and The Weeknd enjoying karaoke before an aged Weeknd spoils the party. 

The video closes with Jim Carrey as a doctor in an operating room.

The Weeknd has already shared visuals from the record for tracks including Take My Breath, Sacrifice and Gasoline. 

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Dawn FM features plenty of Carrey in the form of a radio presenter/disc jockey repeatedly chiming into the record. He, in fact, opens the record, stating, “You are now listening to 103.5 Dawn FM. You’ve been in the dark for way too long. It’s time to walk into the light and accept your fate with open arms.”

The Weeknd made history last year after his song Blinding Lights was crowned the #1 song on Billboard’s Greatest Songs Of All Time Hot 100 Chart. 

After spending 90 weeks on the Hot 100 Chart, the Canadian singer dethroned Chubby Checker, who was awarded the honour in 1960 with The Twist.

At the time of writing, Blinding Lights had spent four weeks at #1, 43 weeks in the Top 5, 57 weeks in the Top 10 and 86 weeks in the Top 40.

The Grammy winner spoke with Billboard about the achievement: “By the time Blinding Lights happened, I was ten years into my career and established as a music figure in the industry already.

“So I’m glad Blinding Lights happened when it happened as opposed to it being the first single I’ve ever dropped. That’d be scary for me.”