The Weeknd releases ‘Popular’ featuring Madonna, Playboi Carti

Track is from the HBO Original series The Idol

The Weeknd has dropped his newest single “Popular” featuring Madonna and Playboi Carti off the much-anticipated soundtrack album The Idol Vol. 1. The new single is the second song released following his previous track “Double Fantasy” featuring Future. The full album comes out on June 30th.

The HBO Original series The Idol debuts Sunday, June 4th at 9 pm ET/PT on HBO and will be available to stream on Max.

“Popular” first caught the attention of fans after a snippet of the song played at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and circulated on social media. The series premiered at the 76th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 22nd. Earlier this week, The Weeknd also shared a screenshot of himself on Facetime with track collaborator Playboi Carti.

After a nervous breakdown derailed Jocelyn’s (Lily-Rose Depp) last tour, she’s determined to claim her rightful status as the greatest and sexiest pop star in America. Her passions are reignited by Tedros (Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye), a nightclub impresario with a sordid past. Will her romantic awakening take her to glorious new heights or the deepest and darkest depths of her soul?

The series also stars Dan Levy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Eli Roth, Hari Nef, Jane Adams, Jennie Ruby Jane, Mike Dean, Moses Sumney, Rachel Sennott, Ramsey, Suzanna Son, and Hank Azaria.

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