Blinding Lights

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"Blinding Lights"
The Weeknd - Blinding Lights.png
Single by The Weeknd
ReleasedNovember 29, 2019 (2019-11-29)
Format
Studio
GenreSynthwave[1]
Length3:22
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
The Weeknd singles chronology
"Heartless"
(2019)
"Blinding Lights"
(2019)

"Blinding Lights" is a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd that serves as the second single of his upcoming fourth studio album.[2] It was released on November 29, 2019, two days after the release of "Heartless".[3] The Weeknd co-wrote the song with its producers Max Martin and Oscar Holter, with Belly and Jason Quenneville receiving additional writing credits.[4][5]

Background and promotion[edit]

After having been absent from social media for five months, the singer returned to Instagram on November 20, 2019.[6][7] He previously announced a project titled Chapter VI in June 2019.[8] On November 24, 2019, a Mercedes Benz commercial first aired on German TV featuring a clip of "Blinding Lights".[9] It shows The Weeknd driving the EQC electric SUV and asking the system to play his new song.[3] The full-length version of the commercial will premier on November 29, alongside the single.[10] In the days after, he took to social media to announce his return to music with the captions "the fall starts tomorrow night" and "Tonight we start a new brain melting psychotic chapter! Let's go!".[11]

Lyrics[edit]

The lyrics of the song reference the on-and-off relationship that Tesfaye has with model Bella Hadid. The Weeknd, throughout the song, sings about the rekindling of a relationship and the importance of his partner. The singer also mentions the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, where he refers to it by its nickname "Sin City" in the pre-chorus.[12]

Music videos[edit]

On December 2, 2019, a music video containing footage from a Tesfaye featuring Mercedes-Benz commercial and the song's audio video was released.[13] The official music video for the song was shot in Fremont Street, Las Vegas.[14]

Live performances[edit]

The Weeknd will perform the debut live performances for "Blinding Lights" and "Heartless" on December 5th and 6th on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.[15]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from The Weeknd's official website and Tidal.[4][5]

  • The Weeknd – vocals, songwriting, production
  • Belly – songwriting
  • Jason Quenneville – songwriting
  • Max Martin – songwriting, production, programming, keyboards, bass, guitar, drums
  • Oscar Holter – songwriting, production, programming, keyboards, bass, guitar, drums
  • Shin Kamiyama – engineering
  • Cory Bice – engineering assistant
  • Jeremy Lertola – engineering assistant
  • Sean Klein – engineering assistant
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • John Hanes – engineering for mixing
  • Dave Kutch – mastering
  • Kevin Peterson – mastering assistant

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label(s) Ref.
Various November 29, 2019 [16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rossignol, Derrick (November 29, 2019). "The Weeknd Goes Full Synthwave On The Yearning New Single 'Blinding Lights'". Uproxx. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  2. ^ Saponara, Michael (November 26, 2019). "Hear New Music From The Weeknd in Mercedes-Benz Commercial: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "The Weeknd to Release New Single "Blinding Lights" on Black Friday". Rap-Up. November 26, 2019. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "ALL | T H E W E E K N D S H O P". The Weeknd Shop. Archived from the original on December 2, 2019. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Blinding Lights / The Weeknd – Tidal". Tidal. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  6. ^ A., Aron (November 20, 2019). "The Weeknd Returns To Instagram & Fans Are Convinced "Chapter VI" Is Coming". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  7. ^ Schnurr, Samantha (November 20, 2019). "The Weeknd Returns to Instagram With a "Loading" Message". E! Online. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  8. ^ Skinner, Tom (August 7, 2019). "Is The Weeknd's new album finally on its way?". NME. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  9. ^ Breihan, Tom (November 26, 2019). "The Weeknd Previews New Song "Blinding Lights" In Mercedes-Benz Commercial". Stereogum. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  10. ^ Strauss, Matthew (November 26, 2019). "The Weeknd Previews New Song "Blinding Lights" in Mercedes-Benz Ad: Watch". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  11. ^ Akaash (November 26, 2019). "The Weeknd to Release 2 New Singles "Blinding Lights" & "Heartless" This Week". HipHop-n-More. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  12. ^ "The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" Lyrics Might Be About Bella Hadid". Elite Daily. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  13. ^ The Weeknd (December 2, 2019), The Weeknd - Mercedes Benz Commercial “Blinding Lights", retrieved December 3, 2019
  14. ^ "The Weeknd Shooting New Music Video in Las Vegas". TMZ. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  15. ^ "The Weeknd Drops Another New Song, 'Blinding Lights,' Appears on Colbert Next Week". Variety. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  16. ^ "The Weeknd to Release 2 New Singles 'Blinding Lights' & 'Heartless' This Week". Hiphop-n-more. Retrieved December 2, 2019.

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