The Weeknd and Future release first single from ‘The Idol’ soundtrack
The song is the first single from the upcoming new series’ soundtrack
The Weeknd teamed up with Future to release the lead single from ‘The Idol’ original soundtrack, titled ‘Double Fantasy’ today.
The song is the first song released for the upcoming new series, starring The Weeknd as the charismatic cult leader Tedros, and Lily Rose-Depp as Jocelyn, a young pop idol who falls in love with Tedros.
The series is set to premiere on HBO on June 4, 2023.
A dark synth pop track
‘Double Fantasy’ is a synth-wave pop track, with sultry beats, bringing a nostalgic 80s soundscape to listeners’ ears, as The Weeknd croons over the track with dark lyrics, seemingly told from the perspective of his character, Tedros, as he seduces Jocelyn.
“Temperature risin’, bodies united / Now that I trapped you in my arms / No need to fight it, no need to hide it / Now that I see what’s in your heart,” the song begins. The lyrics then allude to what will likely play out on screen, as Tedros slowly corrupts Jocelyn.
“Baby girl, I’m the only one who knows this side of you / And baby, you know that I can pull out what’s inside of you / Even though it’s wrong.”
The song is produced by The Weeknd, Metro Boomin, and Mike Dean. Future joins the three as a writer and also raps on the song.
The music video of the song features plenty of clips of both The Weeknd and Depp in their roles, offering a glimpse of how intertwined the characters become.
The name of the song comes from the 1980 Yoko Ono and John Lennon album of the same name, and The Weeknd shared multiple pictures of the couple on his Instagram page earlier this month.
The controversy surrounding ‘The Idol’
It was previously reported that the future of ‘The Idol’ was uncertain following a series of delays and script rewrites with the series’ original director, Amy Seimetz. The series was initially meant to replace the spot left after ‘House of the Dragon’ ended last October.
After Rolling Stone published an investigation with 13 sources who all alleged that the upcoming series had changed drastically once Sam Levinson, creator of ‘Euphoria’ joined the crew, the series then came under scrutiny for glorifying violence against Depp’s character, rather than speaking on the darker side of fame.
“It’s almost such an extreme that it’s like, there is no message,” one source said.
“There is no point. They’re just trying to see how much of a reaction they can get.”