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The Weeknd’s career spanning anniversary compilation – ‘The Highlights’ album arrives 5th February

The Weeknd’s career spanning anniversary compilation - 'The Highlights' album arrives 5th February 1 MUGIBSON WRITES

Ahead of his Super Bowl performance next month, The Weeknd together with XO/Republic have announced a special project; a career spanning album from The Weeknd pulling together a collection of his biggest songs from the last ten years.

“Given the vast mainstream audience of the Super Bowl, The Highlights album is a way to present some of The Weeknd’s most notable works in one place,” reads a press release from The Weeknd’s label, Republic Records. “While this isn’t a ‘Greatest Hits’ album it does provide a new listener a rich foray into some of the iconic artist’s best and favorite work.”

Arriving Feb. 5, The Highlights was curated specifically for his upcoming Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show appearance. While not a greatest hits collection, the 18-track set features some of his most notable hits spanning his decade-long career.

The 77-minute 55second collection serves as a follow up to his 2018 The Weeknd in Japan greatest hits collection. The Highlights kicks off with a trio of hits off 2020’s After Hours, including “Save Your Tears,” “In Your Eyes,” and the chart-topping “Blinding Lights plus two other After Hours songs. The XO crooner takes it back to the Starboy era with three tracks including the Daft Punk-assisted “I Feel It Coming,” while including selections from 2015’s Beauty Behind the Madness and his 2018 EP My Dear Melancholy, and two songs that were not on Weeknd projects (his collaborations with Ariana Grande (“Love Me Harder”) and Kendrick Lamar (“Pray for Me”). The project caps off with “Wicked Games” and “The Morning” off his 2011 debut mixtape House of Balloons.

The album’s cover artwork continues the usage of the red suit which Tesfaye donned throughout the promotional material for his fourth studio album After Hours (2020).  The particular suit worn in the cover art is the same one that he wore in the music video for the song “Save Your Tears“, which served as the fourth single from the aforementioned album.[

Find the tracklist and cover art of the compilation below.

The Highlights
The Highlights by The Weeknd Track List (Picture: The Fader)

The Weeknd is set to headline the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 7. Pre- order The Highlights here. 

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