The Weeknd Returns With ‘The Hills,’ Which Probably Isn’t About Lauren Conrad

The Weeknd has dominated the charts this year with his titillating Fifty Shades of Grey cut, “Earned It,” but other than that, he hasn’t released much since 2013’s Kiss Land. But his sophomore album is reportedly in the works — presumably, we heard some of that album this week in a series of leaks — and now he’s back with a new single. Unlike the up-tempo direction of those leaks (one of which was produced by Max Martin), “The Hills,” which the Weeknd originally debuted at SXSW earlier this year, sticks close to Abel Tesfaye’s shtick: brooding tones, sex, drugs, a big hook, and some falsetto. Sadly, the song doesn’t appear to be about Lauren Conrad or a group of multiple Hillary Clintons.

The Weeknd Debuts New Song ‘The Hills’