It was set to drop Friday, but that was just a false alarm.

By Amanda Wicks

The Weeknd was set to debut his new single “False Alarm,” but, in keeping with the song’s title, that information was simply a false alarm and now it’s available to hear today (September 29).

Related: The Weeknd Murders His Former Self in ‘Starboy’ Music Video

“False Alarm” is about a young woman who loves the spotlight and all the attention that comes with it. No matter how many people may fall in love with her—and according to the song there are lots—her love will only ever be a “false alarm” because she doesn’t truly reciprocate feelings. The Weeknd’s vocals sound reminiscent of the brooding, sexy “Earned It” he contributed to the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, but practically everything else, from melody to genre, marks a new path for the pop star.

The contemplative verses stick to The Weeknd’s R&B/pop history, but everything shifts gears leading into the chorus’ high-paced, wild ride. There, things take on a greater electronica feel mixed with the rushing physical nature of punk. He slows things down on the bridge, singing, “She always leaves the man she loves/ But the diamonds are forever/ She always seems to be alone/ But the diamonds make it better,” before ending in a howl that segues right back into the frenetic chorus.

The Weeknd previously released “Starboy” featuring Daft Punk, off his upcoming album by the same name. Listen to “False Alarm” below.


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