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By Ulises Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

The most anticipated album of the year is about to leave many listeners in limbo about old relationships. The Weeknd has slowly released little teases to leave people guessing what his “After Hours” album will be about, which is set to release on March 19 on Apple Music and March 20 for all other platforms. 

Now what I mean by that is, will his new album be about his old relationship with Selena Gomez or is he completely over her?  Maybe its way more complicated, at least based on the first single from the album, After Hours, which really hits your fucking emotions right in the area you never knew could be hit.

If you thought two years ago “My Dear Melancholy”was truly just a heart destroyer then prepare yourselves for this next album. A combination of his “Trilogy” album and “Kiss Land” album, are you prepared for those long nights sitting at your bedside and debating whether you were the problem in your relationships. 

When you listen to the “After Hours” single, it will take you back to the one time you opened up your feelings and emotions to someone you truly cared about, only to watch them the next day at a bar making out with their “best friend.”  Now that is some next-level deep pain that The Weeknd has injected into his new album.

Several students on campus opened up their thoughts about the album and their expectations when it finally arrives.

“I feel that just from the three songs that he has released, it will be about how he wants to move on from Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez but he is stuck in the middle,”  Shelby Just, a 26-year-old business major said. “Like in a way he hasn’t completely forgiven them for putting him through the pain he went through.”

Samantha Mbodwam, a 22-year-old English major said, “I feel that his album is going to be about Selena, I think I read online that one of his songs on the album is named Selena.”

After two long years from The Weeknd’s last emotional downfall, we will finally receive an understanding of his current emotional state.  

Now I know some people might not entirely agree with how The Weeknd comes up with most of his songs, especially since most of his lyrics and inspirations come from past experiences. To tell you the truth, it does sound a little shitty to put an ex on blast in public, but that’s sort of what being an artist is about.

Now don’t automatically think that you’re going to pick up a microphone and start talking about your ex, because then I have to talk about how with great power comes great responsibility….and trust me I’ve heard that speech from multiple people when it comes to writing and creating art.

Back to the album, I hope it really dives into every painful emotion you could ever feel and just leave you in a pool of hurt, to the point where on the album itself, should contain a caution sign that cautions you not to drink while listening to the album or you could be at risk of sending a 2 A.M. text to your ex, and we all know those are the worst texts to send. Then eventually you wake up the next morning hangover and read texts you regret sending.

Do yourselves a favor, if you’re going to drink while listening to the album don’t have your phone in your pocket. Elect a friend of yours as a designated phone holder and prepare yourself to relive old emotions that you thought you were over.

The “After Hours” album again just in case you made this far and completely forgot, is releasing on March 20 on all platforms, so plan ahead and mark your calendars for a long-overdue album and don’t be ashamed if you send that 2 a.m. text to your past lovers, we’ve all been there.  Just remember don’t be friends with your ex’s and leave them in the past at that very same bar they ripped your pulsating, beating heart to shrivel and die with the only person that cared for you that night…. the bartender.      



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