The Weeknd ditched an entire album of “upbeat” music before My Dear Melancholy

He told Time the project will never be released.

May 17, 2018
The Weeknd ditched an entire album of “upbeat” music before <i>My Dear Melancholy</i> The Weeknd performs at Coachella. April 20, 2018.   Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella

Abel Tesfaye a.k.a. The Weeknd is on the cover of Time this month as one of the magazine's ten "Next Generation Leaders." In a profile, Tesfaye discussed the release of his latest project My Dear Melancholy, and revealed that he had finished writing an entire album before working on the six-track project.

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“Prior to Melancholy, I had a whole album written, done,” Tesfaye said. “Which wasn’t melancholy at all because it was a different time in my life.” He described the project as "very upbeat" and "beautiful," but says he'll "never" release the music because it no longer feels like something he wants to express: "I don’t want to perform something that I don’t feel,” he told Time, adding that creating My Dear Melancholy, was "therapeutic".

Read the full profile here.

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