The Weeknd have teamed up with Playboy Carti and Madonna for a raunchy new single for the upcoming miniseries The Idol.
The show, with a cast led by The Weeknd and Lily-Rose Depp, Chasing a pop star who fell in love with a cult-leading nightclub owner, according to deadline.
Entitled “Popular,” the new song contains poignant lyrics about a woman so obsessed with fame that she “sells her soul” and “kills everyone” to get it.
‘I’ve seen demons everywhere and on every face under the sun,” Madonna, 64, says in a ravishing low voice during the intro.
So The Weeknd offers to “get a little taste” of her notoriety and let me take care of her “running.” Pray that she put it in her veins and that her soul is preserved. “
He teases that she, the subject of the song, “lies and lives” so much that she “plays surprised after calling the paparazzi.”
The chorus begins with “Kneel to be popular, ‘Beggin’.” / That’s her dream, to be popular. / To be popular, just to be popular. / Everyone is yelling at her because she’s popular. / She is mainstream because she is popular. / “Because she’s popular.” She’ll never be free.
“Money on me, money on her,” interjected Playboy Carti. “She flirts with me because she knows I’m popular.”
“I know you’re looking at me, but time has passed,” sings the Queen of Pop. “Spend your life running away from your flashing lights.”
Idol was a media sensation last month when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival ahead of its season premiere this Sunday.
Lily-Rose presents an incredibly chic exhibit at Cannes alongside The Weeknd, who co-created ‘The Idol’ with former nightlife entrepreneur Reza Fahim and ‘Euphoria’ writer Sam Levinson bottom.
Sam, whose drug history contributed to Euphoria’s inspiration, is “Nepo Baby,” the son of acclaimed filmmaker Barry Levinson and fellow Lily-Rose.
At its Cannes premiere, “Idol” received a five-minute standing ovation, but also provoked a fierce reaction from critics.
Gregory Elwood of The Playlist called the second episode “sexist, pseudo-porn”, while Kyle Buchanan of The New York Times described the show as “on the homepage of Pornhub,” starring “Lily-Rose Depp’s areolas.” Adventure”, and The Rap named it “”. Luxurious sleigh.
“Lots of strong reactions to #TheIdol at #Cannes 2023 – from ‘I hated it’ to ‘TV clickbait’ to ‘I don’t need to see more Lily-Rose Depp naked'” It’s wide-ranging,” said Tweet Variety reporter Ramin Setoude, author of the best-selling book “Ladies Who Punch,” which chronicles the behind-the-scenes drama of The View.
Much of the chatter revolved around Lily-Rose’s sleazy character, including at one point an revealing photo of her character with semen on her face.
Sources told Rolling Stone in March that the show had been reshot almost completely to make it less feminine.
Pet Sematary actress Amy Seimetz, who also directed films like Sun Don’t Shine and She Dies Tomorrow, was about 80 percent of Idol before leaving the project. was alleged to have supervised
The Weeknd was said to have felt that Idol had an overly “female perspective” and wanted the plot to draw more attention to his character than that of Lily-Rose.
Sam stepped in as director and reshot the show, which was reportedly so heavily rewritten with so much vulgarity that one insider thought, “What is this?” It says. what am i reading here? It was like sexual torture porn. “
However, other sources say the people quoted by Rolling Stone said they didn’t see the finished product.
The Weeknd publicly hit back at the report, calling it “absurd” and claiming: vanity fair: “The program is reshot every day.”
Lily-Rose has also released a statement defending Sam. Eh!news In it, she called him “the best director I’ve ever worked with, for many reasons.”
She added, “I’ve never felt so supported and respected in a creative space. I felt like my opinions and opinions were so valued.”
The showbiz legacy went on to say, “Working with Sam is a true collaboration in every way. What matters most to him is not just what his actors think of the work, but how we perform it.” Can you feel it?” he continued.
At a press conference in Cannes, Lily-Rose defended the show’s widespread nudity, stating, “The character’s occasional nudity physically reflects what we see emotionally about her. ” he claimed. people.