The Weeknd Shares Video for New Song “Take My Breath”

Written by on August 7, 2021

The visual has intense strobe lighting and was pulled from Imax theater screenings due to concerns over potential seizures
The Weeknd wearing sunglasses
The Weeknd, photo by Brian Ziff

As teasedthe Weeknd has released his new single “Take My Breath.” The track arrives with a music video directed by Cliqua. The visual has intense strobe lighting and was set to show in Imax theaters this week prior to screenings of Suicide Squad, but was pulled due to concerns over potential seizures. In the clip, the Weeknd visits a futuristic nightclub, where he literally takes breaths from an oxygen tank. He also gets strangled by a woman’s long braid.

“Take My Breath” is the Weeknd’s first solo single since After Hours. According to Tidal, he co-produced the track with Max Martin and Oscar Holter. The Weeknd’s After Hours era was extensive, beginning way back in November 2019 with “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights.” The era featured many music videos—with the Weeknd in various states of disarray—and a halftime performance at Super Bowl LV.

In a new interview with Mark Anthony Green in GQ, the Weeknd said his next record is “the album [he’s] always wanted to make.” Green also described the album as “Quincy Jones meets Giorgio Moroder meets the best-night-of-your-fucking-life party records.”

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