Starboy – The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk
Starboy arrangement for String Quartet.
Sheet Music Details
Instrument : Violin 1, Violin 2 , Viola / Violin 3, Violloncello.
Duration : 4’17”
Keys : A minor
“Starboy” is a song recorded by Canadian singer The Weeknd for his third studio album of the same name. It features French electronic duo Daft Punk and was written by the trio alongside Doc McKinney, Henry Walter and Jason Quenneville. It is released as the first single from the album on September 22, 2016 and became top charts in countries such as Canada, France, Netherlands, New Zealand and Sweden, as well as the US Billboard Hot 100. Starboy became The Weeknd’s third chart-topper, and Daft Punk’s first chart-topper.
Starboy is an R&B and electropop song that incorporates themes of the extravagance associated with a celebrity lifestyle and also discusses how the celebrity lifestyle can make an entertainer fragile.
The music video for the song was directed by frequent collaborator Grant Singer, who directed The Weeknd’s previous music videos for “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills”. It was released through the singer’s official Vevo account on September 28, 2016 on YouTube, along with an accompanying poster which Rolling Stone described as “pulp-horror-inspired”. The video has been described as the singer’s attempt to kill his former/old persona, perhaps signaling he is reinventing himself with this new album, by suffocating himself, clipping his old hairstyle, and crushing his glass-framed platinum records. In 3 weeks, the video had 100 million views. The video had 500 million views in 3 months. As of February 2018, the video has over 1.3 billion views on YouTube, taking it into the top 50 most viewed YouTube videos, as well as outviewing another of The Weeknd’s US number one hits, “The Hills”, which is his second video above the 1 billion view milestone. The video was nominated for Best Video at the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards a day before its release, leading many observers to wonder whether it was included based on merit, or instead as a result of the singer’s popularity on the channel.