Seven years after teaming up for ‘Love Me Tougher,’ The Weeknd reunited with Ariana Grande to remix his ‘Save Your Tears.’ We even get to see The Weeknd and Ariana in cartoon kind!
For those who’re crying for pleasure that The Weeknd and Ariana Grande have as soon as once more collaborated on a observe, properly, seize a tissue and, because the tune says, “Save Your Tears.” Almost a decade after these two first teamed up, The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye, 31) and Ariana, 27, partnered to remix his tune from his 2019 album, After Hours. The remix additionally comes with a brand-new music video through which The Weeknd and Ariana rework into cartoon characters. However this isn’t a video for teenagers — the animated visuals play out a compelling plot.
Within the music video for the “Save Your Tears” remix, we’re taken deep down into The Weeknd’s secret laboratory within the desert the place he’s establishing the right Ms. Grande. This additionally appears to be a wink at the truth that Ariana additionally acted as a mad scientist to construct the excellent Ari robotic in her music video for “34 + 35.” You’ll be able to watch the trippy animation above, which was directed by Jack Brown (who was additionally in command of character design).
The Weeknd and Ariana first teased that they had been working collectively on Monday (Apr. 19) once they each shared an eight-second snippet of their vocals harmonizing the lyrics, “I don’t know why I run away.” Just a few days later, they confirmed the collab by sharing the remix’s official paintings to their social media accounts. The artwork depicted an animated model of Ariana being mirrored within the large sun shades of The Weeknd’s After Hours character.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 21, 2021
“Save Your Tears (Remix)” marks the third time that these two have teamed up. They beforehand related on “off the desk,” from Ariana’s 2020 album, Positions. They first labored collectively six years earlier on “Love Me Tougher” from Ariana’s sophomore album, My All the things. Launched in 2014, “Love Me Tougher” peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Scorching 100, making it Ariana’s fourth consecutive top-ten single off of her album. It was The Weeknd’s first high ten entry in the USA. Each “Love Me Tougher” and “Earned It” – launched in December 2014, the lead single to the Fifty Shade of Gray soundtrack – helped launched The Weeknd to a wider, mainstream viewers. It laid the groundwork for his subsequent celebrity success – “The Hills” and “Can’t Really feel My Face” would arrive in 2015, with “Starboy” following in 2016 – however the collab did greater than that. “Love Me Tougher” launched The Weeknd to Max Martin, one of many tune’s writers and some of the profitable songwriters in fashionable historical past.
“Ariana was kinda my foot within the door with Max, my likelihood to point out him ‘I can play this recreation,’ y’know?” he instructed Selection in 2020. “However after we bought within the room collectively, we didn’t actually join as a lot. Then somebody invited him to a present I did on the Hollywood Bowl, and he noticed 15,000 folks singing alongside, and I feel he was like, ‘OK, there’s one thing I’m not getting.’ So we sat down once more, and the primary tune we created was ‘Within the Evening.’” Additionally they labored on the aforementioned “Can’t Really feel My Face,” 4 songs from Starboy, in addition to six tracks from After Hours, together with the chart-topping “Blinding Lights,” and the unique “Save Your Tears.”
“Max and I’ve turn out to be actually one of the best of pals, however I don’t do this with many individuals,” The Weeknd instructed Selection. “It’s not that I can’t, however a collaboration is a relationship, it’s like a wedding, you’ve gotta construct as much as it.”