WEEKND looked completely unrecognizable at his Dawn FM audition party with gray hair and beard after the release of his new album.
The star’s fifth album was released on Friday, January 7th via Spotify.
The 31-year-old man, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, walked out at an event in West Hollywood, California in the guise of an elderly man.
The Weeknd wore all black at the event, as the photos show him in a much older parking lot.
The makeup matched the cover of his album, which features the I Can’t Feel My Face singer with wrinkled skin, gray hair and a beard.
Dawn FM is The Weeknd’s first full-length album since After Hours’ release in March 2020.
The singer has been very secretive about his new album ever since he announced its title in May 2021.
He said Diversity in May: “If the last entry is late at night, then dawn is coming.”
The suggestive message at the end of the teaser video reads: “You are currently listening to 103.5: Dawn FM.
“You’ve been in the dark for too long, it’s time to step out into the light and embrace your fate with open arms.”
Finally, on Monday morning, he announced the highly anticipated release date in a one-minute video that was posted on his Instagram.
In the video, The Weeknd is depicted against a dark background with the words: “New Sound Universe from The Weeknd.”
It includes cameos from Jim Carrey, Quincy Jones, Tyler, The Creator, Lil Wayne, and Oneohtrix Point Never.
The teaser video came the day after he posted a photo on January 2 with the caption “wake up at dawn tomorrow.”
CHANGE IN APPEARANCE
The Weeknd’s physical transformation came as no surprise to fans as he is known in the past for changing his look for videos and events.
In the music video for Save Your Tears, The Weeknd is shown wearing prostheses that mimic the looks of extreme plastic surgery, fillers and botox.
This follows his previous hit, Blinding Lights, in which he wanted to draw attention to drunk driving.
He went even further and showed off the look at the 2020 American Music Awards with his head, jaw and nose fully bandaged.
The Weeknd commented on the bandage in an interview with Variety.
“The meaning of the entire headband reflects the absurd culture of Hollywood celebrities and people manipulating themselves for superficial reasons to please and gain approval,” he told the publication.
He previously explained Esq. in August 2020 on the dark meaning of the Blinding Lights.
He said, “It’s about how you want to see someone at night and you are drunk and you go to that person and you are just blinded by the street lights.
“But nothing could stop you from trying to see this person because you are so alone.”
He added, “I don’t want to ever promote drunk driving, but that is the dark connotation.”