Sadly, I didn’t attend film school and I’m fresh out of LSD, so I wasn’t able to watch The Weeknd’s “In the Night” video the way he and director BRTHR probably want it to be seen and appreciated. Still, from what I was able to gather, the trippy video co-stars Abel’s 18-year-old model girlfriend Bella Hadid as a stripper/assassin who kills a bunch of foreign dudes and then rides off into the sunset with the Grammy-nominated singer while the spirit of Michael Jackson looms in the air.
And here’s an interesting tidbit next time you want to impress your friends with useless music trivia: “In the Night” was penned with Joe DiMaggio’s sperm in mind. In his Billboard feature from a couple of months ago, The Weeknd said he wrote the Beauty Behind the Madness track while in Marilyn Monroe’s old bedroom. “Max Martin’s studio used to be Marilyn Monroe’s old house, and I came up with the concept for a song called ‘In the Night’ in her bedroom,” he disclosed. “That was pretty amazing. Unfortunately, I couldn’t help but imagine Joe DiMaggio’s sperm everywhere on the floor.” Thanks for letting us into your process, Abel?