Heartless (The Weeknd song)

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"Heartless"
The Weeknd - Heartless.png
Single by The Weeknd
ReleasedNovember 27, 2019 (2019-11-27)
Format
Studio
Length3:21[1]
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
The Weeknd singles chronology
"Power Is Power"
(2019)
"Heartless"
(2019)
"Blinding Lights"
(2019)
Music video
"Heartless" on YouTube

"Heartless" is a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd from his upcoming fourth studio album.[2] The song was released by XO and Republic Records on November 27, 2019, as his forthcoming album's lead single.[3][4] The Weeknd co-wrote the song with its producers Metro Boomin and Illangelo, with Dre Moon receiving additional writing credits.[5][6]

Background and release[edit]

The Weeknd first teased that he was working on a new album in November 2018, via a performance in which he told the crowd that "Chapter VI was coming soon."[7] Following a trio of collaborative singles throughout 2019, on August 6, he further reassured fans that he was working on his fourth studio album.[8] Then after a period of silence, on November 24 the single "Blinding Lights" was revealed through a Mercedes-Benz television commercial,[9] with reports of "Heartless" surfacing a day later,[10] along with its leaked cover art.[11] It then premiered on the seventh episode of The Weeknd's Memento Mori Beats 1 radio show on November 27, 2019.[12]

Lyrics[edit]

The lyrics of the song references the ex-girlfriends of The Weeknd, at the time, Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez. Throughout the first part of the single, Tesfaye sings about returning back to his playboy lifestyle after breaking up with both of them. In the second half of the song, he then proceeds to sing about his on-and-off relationship with Hadid.[13]

Music videos[edit]

An official vertical lyric video for the song was released on December 2, 2019, it was shot within a casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.[14] The official music video for "Heartless" was released on December 3, 2019, the clip was also shot in Las Vegas and stars The Weeknd and Metro Boomin.[15] It was directed by Anton Tammi.[16]

Live performances[edit]

The debut live performances for "Heartless" and "Blinding Lights" are set to occur on December 5th and 6th on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.[17]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from The Weeknd's official website and Tidal.[5][6]

  • The Weeknd – vocals, songwriting, production, programming, keyboards
  • Metro Boomin – songwriting, production, programming, keyboards
  • Illangelo – songwriting, production, engineering, programming, keyboards, mixing
  • Dre Moon – songwriting
  • Shin Kamiyama – engineering
  • Dave Kutch – mastering
  • Kevin Peterson – mastering assistant

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[18] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[19] 49
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[20] 15
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[21] 12
Germany (Official German Charts)[22] 36
Ireland (IRMA)[23] 13
Italy (FIMI)[24] 79
Lithuania (AGATA)[25] 5
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[26] 30
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[27] 13
Norway (VG-lista)[28] 17
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[29] 57
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[30] 33
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[31] 27
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[32] 59
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[33] 10
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[34] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[35] 32
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[36] 14
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[37] 29
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[38] 30

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label(s) Ref.
Various November 27, 2019 [39]
Australia November 29, 2019 Contemporary hit radio [40]
Italy Universal [41]
United Kingdom [42]
Urban contemporary [43]
United States December 3, 2019 Contemporary hit radio [44]
Rhythmic contemporary [45]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Guerra, Bruno (November 25, 2019). "The Weeknd lançará 2 singles inéditos nessa semana, segundo reportes". Rap 24 Horas. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
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  13. ^ "The Weeknd's "Heartless" Lyrics Seem to Address his Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid breakups". EsquireME. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  14. ^ @TheWeeknd (December 2, 2019). "LYRIC VIDEO LETS GO" (Tweet). Retrieved December 2, 2019 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ @TheWeeknd (December 3, 2019). "heartless official video dropping today. STAY TUNED !!!!" (Tweet). Retrieved December 3, 2019 – via Twitter.
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  18. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. December 9, 2019. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  19. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Weeknd – Heartless" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
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  22. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Weeknd – Heartless". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  23. ^ White, Jack (December 6, 2019). "Lewis Capaldi retains Number 1 on the Official Irish Singles Chart with Before You Go, The Weeknd scores the highest new entry". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  24. ^ "Top Singoli – Classifica settimanale WK 49" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  25. ^ "2019 49-os savaitės klausomiausi (TOP 100)" (in Lithuanian). AGATA. December 6, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  26. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Weeknd – Heartless" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  27. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. December 9, 2019. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  28. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 20 Single uke 49, 2019". VG-lista. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  29. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  30. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201948 into search. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  31. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 49". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  32. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Weeknd – Heartless". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  33. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  34. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
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  37. ^ "The Weeknd Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  38. ^ "The Weeknd Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
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  42. ^ "Radio 1 Playlist". BBC. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  43. ^ "1Xtra Playlist". BBC. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  44. ^ "Top 40/M". All Access. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  45. ^ "Top 40/R Future Releases". All Access Music Group. November 27, 2019. Retrieved November 27, 2019.

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