“Some Dawn updates… Album is complete,” the singer said on Monday’s episode of his Apple Music show “Memento Mori.” “Only thing missing is a couple characters that are key to the narrative. Some people that are near and dear to me, some people that inspired my life as a child… and some that inspire me now.”
Abel added that he’ll give fans another update on his progress “in the following months.” While The Weeknd did not confirm whether or not The Dawn will drop before the end of this year, he did tease that “some exciting features [are] coming out in the fall before the album drops.”
The Dawn’s first single, “Take My Breath,” surfaced in August.
Speaking with GQ, The Weeknd previously described The Dawn as “the album I’ve always wanted to make.”
“[It’s] Quincy Jones meets Giorgio Moroder, meets the best-night-of-your-fucking-life party records,” he added.
Last month, The Weeknd was awarded the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award at the 2021 Music in Action Awards in Los Angeles. The 31-year-old was recognized by the organization and the Black Music Action Coalition for his contributions to social justice.
“I actually first met Quincy Jones in Vegas a long time ago,” The Weeknd said in his acceptance speech. “He pulled up to one of my club shows and when I got off stage, he was waiting on the side. I was so excited to meet him and there were fans on the other side screaming and trying to get my attention, but I was so focused on him, Quincy Jones, my idol, the reason why I make music.”
“He said, ‘Go take pictures, sign autographs and I’ll still be here waiting. They’re just more important.’ And it stuck with me until this day,” The Weeknd continued. “He was teaching me a lesson in that moment that nothing is more important than the people and giving back is always better than receiving. Tonight in honor of Quincy Jones, I will receive this accolade. It’s the best award I’ve ever gotten in my life… I don’t take this for granted. Thank you guys.”