The Weeknd’s new album “Dawn FM” drops Friday, announces “livestream experience”

The Weeknd has announced that his new album, Dawn FM, will be released in full Friday, January 7. 

Abel Tesafaye, real name of the Canadian artist, announced the news on his Twitter account Monday, after previous posts teased the possibility that he might surprise drop the entire album in one go, according to Official Charts.

Meanwhile,  NME reports he has announced details of a special “livestream experience” to accompany the release of the new album.

Dawn FM will be the follow-up to The Weeknd’s fourth studio album, the super-charged After Hours. So far, the LP has been trailled by the new single Take My Breath, another collaboration with Swedish pop super producer Max Martin (Blinding Lights, Can’t Feel My Face).

In an accompanying post to the announcement, The Weeknd teased the involvement of legendary producer Quincy Jones in the project, alongside actor Jim Carrey.

The Weeknd has now partnered with Amazon Music for ‘103.5 Dawn FM’, which is described as “a livestream experience” that will be part of the rollout for ‘Dawn FM’.

Set to begin at 5am UK time on Friday on the Amazon Music channel on Twitch and in the Amazon Music app, ‘103.5 Dawn FM’ will be broadcast by The Weeknd from “somewhere in Los Angeles”.

“The power of the ‘103.5 Dawn FM’ experience is that maximum fulfilment comes when all who hear it are tuned in at the same time,” The Weeknd explained in a statement about the online event.

Exclusive merch for ‘103.5 Dawn FM’ – including a limited-edition hoodie, t-shirt and sweatshirt marking the livestream – will also be available to buy on Amazon Music.

The Weeknd is also expected to release the tracklist for ‘Dawn FM’ later today (January 5), telling his fans on Twitter last night: “Tracklist and sneak peeks tomorrow at… well, you already know when.”

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