Weekend faucets Playboy Carti and “the ultimate pop star” Madonna For “Popular”, the second single “Idol Volume 1″ movie soundtrack. The sparkly, upbeat song follows the previously released “Double Fantasy” featuring Future and precedes the soundtrack, which will be out on June 30.
“I’m proud of it. I’m absolutely proud of it when Zane Lowe appeared on New Music Daily for Apple Music 1,” said Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye. “I’ve had these vocals for a while and worked around it a bit and then kept it kind of a secret. But now I felt like the time had come.”
Tesfaye described Madonna as “the ultimate co-signature of this song, this album and this TV show”, adding that viewers “can also expect to hear more about her”.
The singer, who plays Tedros, a scheming Svengali in the upcoming Sam Levinson-directed HBO series, said she’s always dreamed of writing and co-producing a Madonna album.
The collaboration was unveiled at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where the first two of the show’s five episodes premiered and were greeted with polarizing approaches about on-screen nudity, bodily fluids and Hollywood-inspired scum.
“We’re excited for people to finally watch and come up with their own ideas,” Tesfaye told Lowe. “I think that’s important because there’s a lot of talk and no one has watched the show. And for people who’ve seen it, I mean, this experience… Talk about nerves. I mean, I haven’t been this nervous since I first appeared on The Mod Club. And I’ll say it again, cinema is in my blood. If you know me, you know how important it is to me. But the truth is, I’m a guest. I’m a guest in this world. I have to take off my shoes and respect the space.”
According to Tesfaye, the soundtrack will include music recorded by some cast, including Suzanna Son, Moses Sumney, Mike Dean, Ramsey, Jennie Kim, and Lily Rose-Depp, who plays the role of pop phenomenon Jocelyn.
“The Idol” will premiere on HBO on June 4 at 9PM ET/PT and will be available to watch on Max.