The Canadian crooner took to Instagram Tuesday (August 4) to announce his latest offering — a collaboration with the departed rapper — will release Thursday night. “XO + 999 Thursday Night,” he wrote with an image of the beloved Juice, who passed away in December 2019 of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 21.
While we don’t yet know what the name of XO and 999’s team-up will be, we know the project has been a long time coming. Months prior to his untimely death, Juice teased he’d joined forces with the “In Your Eyes” musician on Twitter. “Me and The Weeknd would make a diamond record…” he wrote in September, fueling fan speculation that a collab would be on the horizon. At las, the time has come.
The news of the song comes months after the release of the Chicago native’s first posthumous record, Legends Never Die.
Since it dropped in July, the effort scored one of the biggest releases of the year, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and selling upwards of 497,000 equivalent album units in its first week. Not to mention, Legends Never Die bagged the fourth-largest streaming frame for an album at 422.63 million on-demand streams in the United States, surpassing Lil Uzi Vert’s 400.42 million streams with Eternal Atake.
In addition to dropping his hotly-anticipated collaboration with Juice, The Weeknd is also hosting a virtual concert on TikTok this Friday (August 7), and will perform a number of tracks from his number-one album After Hours to celebrate the platform’s first in-app cross reality experience.
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