The Zone (song)

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"The Zone"
Single by the Weeknd featuring Drake
from the album Thursday and Trilogy
ReleasedNovember 16, 2012
  • Doc McKinney
  • Illangelo
The Weeknd singles chronology
"Twenty Eight"
"The Zone"
"Kiss Land"
Drake singles chronology
"Poetic Justice"
"The Zone"
"Love Me"
Music video
"The Zone" on YouTube

"The Zone" is a song by Canadian singer the Weeknd featuring fellow Canadian rapper Drake. It was originally recorded for the Weeknd's 2011 mixtape Thursday, the song was later remastered and released as the third single for his 2012 album Trilogy. It was released as a digital single on November 16, 2012, by XO and Republic Records.[1] The song serves as the first collaboration between the two artists.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "The Zone" premiered on November 7, 2012 on the Weeknd's personal YouTube account "xoxxxoooxo" and was directed by the Weeknd himself.[3] It was later uploaded to his Vevo account the following day on November 8, 2012. Since its release, the Vevo upload of the video has been viewed over 70 million times on YouTube. The music video features a different version of the song than the original version on Thursday, and the remastered version on Trilogy. In the music video-version of the song, the Weeknd's second verse has been removed, and replaced with Drake's verse, which was the third verse in the original version. The second chorus is also longer and features the added sound of strings. There are other slight changes as well, such as the outro being different.


Credits adapted from liner notes for Trilogy.[4]

  • The Weeknd – composer, primary artist
  • Drake – featured artist
  • Doc McKinney – composer, instrumentation, producer
  • Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese – composer, instrumentation, mixing, producer


Chart (2012) Peak
US R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[5] 50


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[6] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label(s) Ref
Worldwide November 16, 2012 Digital download [7]


  1. ^ "The Zone (feat. Drake) - Single". iTunes. Archived from the original on June 2, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "The Weeknd (Ft. Drake) – The Zone". Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "Music Video: The Weeknd ft. Drake – The Zone". Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  4. ^ Trilogy (CD liner). The Weeknd. Republic Records. 2012. 3719793.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  5. ^ "The Weeknd Chart History - R&B/Hip-hop Digital Song Sales". Billboard. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "American single certifications – The Weeknd – The Zone". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  7. ^ "The Zone" – via iTunes.

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