The Weeknd wrote and produced the song with producers Max Martin and Oscar Holter, with Belly and Jason Quenneville receiving additional writing credits. A remix alongside Spanish singer-songwriter Rosalía was released on December 4, 2020. It peaked at number one in thirty-four countries, including the United States and Canada, where it became the Weeknd’s fifth number one single.
About Blinding Lights in brief
The Weeknd wrote and produced the song with producers Max Martin and Oscar Holter, with Belly and Jason Quenneville receiving additional writing credits. A remix alongside Spanish singer-songwriter Rosalía was released on December 4, 2020. It peaked at number one in thirty-four countries, including the United States and Canada, where it became the Weeknd’s fifth number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100 for four and seven weeks, respectively. It also became his first number onesingle in Germany for ten weeks, the United Kingdom for eight weeks, and Australia for eleven weeks, thus making it his most successful single worldwide to date. It was named one of the best songs of 2020 by Consequence of Sound and the best song of the year by The Grammy-winning audio engineer Serban Ghenea. The Weeknd expressed his appreciation for music of the 1980s in a Billboard interview, saying: \”I’ve always had an admiration for the era before I was born. You can hear it as far back as my first mixtape that the ’80s — Siouxsie and the Banshees, Cocteau Twins — play such a huge role in my sound. Sometimes it helps me create a new sound and sometimes it’s just obvious. I’m just glad the world’s into it now.’” The song is written in the key of F minor using dorian mode with a Vivace tempo of 170 beats per minute. The weeknd’s vocal range spans from the low note of F3 to the high note of C5.
He previously announced a project referred to as Chapter VI in June 2019. In the days after, he took to social media to announce his return to music with the captions \”the fall starts tomorrow night\” and \”Tonight we start a new brain melting psychotic chapter! Let’s go!\”. The song received widespread critical acclaim, with one critic calling it “a magical and needed tonic for troubled times” and another saying it was “crossing two worlds to make something new that fits today, sonically. The older folks like it because it’s a throwback, and then the kids love it because they never heard it before they’s a new thing that they’ve never heard before. It’s a magical and wonderful thing to be a part of.” The song was released as the second single off of his fourth studio album, After Hours, on November 29, 2019, two days after the release of \”Heartless\”. A Chromatics remix was released alongside the deluxe edition of its parent album on March 23, 2020, and a remix of the song will be released alongside its deluxe version in December 2020. The full-length version of a Mercedes-Benz commercial first aired on German TV featuring a clip of \”Blinding Lights” on November 24, 2019. It shows the weeknd driving acedes-Benz EQC SUV and asking the system to play his new song. The singer also mentions the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, where he refers to it by its nickname \”Sin City\” in the pre-chorus.