The Weeknd Says 'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City' Opened His Eyes to '80s Music

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During a recent interview with Billboard, The Weekend revealed the inspiration behind his hit 'Blinding Lights' and also talked bout his upcoming album.

The 31-year old singer grew to appreciate 80's music after playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

"[Grand Theft Auto:] Vice City really opened my eyes to a lot of '80s music, so there was a nostalgia for when I was a kid playing video games and listening to Hall & Oates and Michael Jackson while driving through the city."

The Weeknd also talked about his upcoming project. "Picture the album being like the listener is dead. And they’re stuck in this purgatory state, which I always imagined would be like being stuck in traffic waiting to reach the light at the end of the tunnel. And while you’re stuck in traffic, they got a radio station playing in the car, with a radio host guiding you to the light and helping you transition to the other side. So it could feel celebratory, could feel bleak, however, you want to make it feel, but that’s what The Dawn is for me."

The Weeknd continued, "So you’ll hear EDM, hip-hop, and three other types of sounds in one song—and somehow, we make it work."

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