The Weeknd has released his new album Dawn FM that features a bunch of surprise guest appearances, one of them being our beloved actor Jim Carrey. The 16-track, 52-minute studio album, being The Weeknd’s fifth, dropped on January 7.
Jim Carrey also co-wrote and performs 'Phantom Regret' — "a stark, haunting spoken-word poem" — at the end of the popstar’s latest LP.
"If pain's living on when your body's long gone, and your phantom regret hasn't let it go yet, you may not have died in the way that you must. All specters are haunted by their own lack of trust. When you're all out of time, there's nothing but space," Carrey says on the track and references notable musician Prince.
"No hunting, no gathering, no nations, no race. And heaven is closer than those tears on your face. When the purple rain falls, we are all bathed in its grace." - he continues. The Weeknd softly hums in the background as Carrey speaks, with eerie electronic production carrying their vocals through to towards the end.
Jim Carrey also tweeted about their collaboration on Monday. "It was deep and elegant and it danced me around the room. I'm thrilled to play a part in his symphony."
I listened to Dawn FM with my good friend Abel @theweeknd last night. It was deep and elegant and it danced me around the room. I’m thrilled to play a part in his symphony. ;^• https://t.co/FV2LoKLYVX
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) January 3, 2022
The popstar also shared a picture of him on Instagram, in makeup looking much older to plug the album. He then changed his Instagram display to this p
The two, who live nearby in L.A., became friends just before the pandemic. The Weeknd previously opened up about his friendship with Jim Carrey in a September GQ interview, noting that the pair first met on his 30th birthday.
"We'd been texting prior to that. And then, on my 30th birthday, he surprised me. He just pulled up to my crib and took me to breakfast," he said, according to Entertainment Weekly. "He lived literally like two buildings down from me. He had a telescope, and I had a telescope. He was like, 'Where do you live? What floor do you live on?' I was like, blah, blah, blah. And we looked out the windows on our telescopes and we could see each other."
Alongside Jim Carrey, the album also features contributions Calvin Harris, Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne, Quincy Jones, Oneohtrix Point Never, Swedish House Mafia, Max Martin, and "Uncut Gems" co-director Josh Safdie.
It has been two long years since The Weeknd released his blockbuster After Hours album in March 2020, just after the pandemic.
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