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The Weeknd featuring Drake - The Zone

It was only several hours ago that The Weeknd gave us a 30-second teaser of the music video for one of his most popular tracks, “The Zone,” which was originally released on his sophomore project, Thursday, in August 2011. But with anticipation high and his retail debut, Trilogy, in stores next Tuesday, he tweeted that the full thing would be coming tonight. It turns out Abel Tesfaye is a man of his word. In this self-directed video, the 22-year-old crooner is found singing in an ominous warehouse setting with scenes of a blonde female projected on the wall behind him. The dark clips are juxtaposed by bright ones of the lingerie-clad female doing her makeup with a bottle all to herself in a room full of multicolored balloons, a constant theme in Tesfaye’s imagery since House Of Balloons catapulted him into the limelight in March 2011. Drake comes into the frame for his own verse, which is now placed in the middle of the track instead of at the end as it was originally. But when he does, the female’s shindig is no longer a glamorous affair. What’s the meaning behind it? Look into those eyes deep enough and maybe you’ll find out.

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