The Weeknd Goes Pop On New Single 'Can't Feel My Face'

(Radio.com) The Weeknd's rise to stardom from his legendary mixtape origins to the chart-topping Fifty Shades of Grey single "Earned It" has been impressive to say the least.

Just when it seemed the Canadian singer and one-time Drake protege couldn't get any bigger, The Weeknd teamed up with noted pop hitmaker Max Martin (Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry) to produce his latest song, "Can't Feel My Face," and it could very well be the best track he's released yet.

Some things haven't changed; The Weeknd's signature swirl of sex, drugs and doomed romance is on full display here, with lyrics describing a passionate affair with a woman (or a narcotic?) that he knows is bad, but feels too good to stop: "I know she'll be the death of me, at least we'll both be numb."

In contrast to the downward spiral lyricism is the song's gorgeous pop hooks, which transform the moody opening verses into one of the catchiest choruses of the year so far.

The Weeknd's high-soaring voice has long been compared to Michael Jackson, whose influence can be felt all over "Can't Feel My Face," particularly when the background vocals kick in. Mixed with a melody that faintly recalls MGMT's "Electric Feel," the track sounds destined to be a staple on charts and playlists not to mention a dark-horse candidate for song of the summer. Check out the new track here.

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