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Did The Weeknd Jack Wizkid's Name for His New Album 'Starboy'?

Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd's new album title 'Starboy' is the exact same as Wizkid's long-used name. Coincidence?

The Weeknd has announced the title of his new album and it's got us a bit confused.


Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeeknd revealed today that his new album—the record that he recently mentioned Amharic "will definitely be key" on—will be titled Starboy.

Tesfaye, who's of Ethiopian heritage, has also shared the Nabil-shot cover artwork for his follow-up to last year’s chart-topping Beauty Behind the Madness.

There's only one problem—we already have one widely-known and acclaimed Starboy on the scene: Wizkid.

The Nigerian super star has been using the name for himself and his projects ever since he launched Starboy Entertainment back in 2013.

Wizkid's signed the likes of Maleek Berry and Legendury Beatz to his Starboy imprint. He's also released major hits, including, "Ojuelegba and "Final (Baba Nla)," through Starboy Records.

Most notably, Wizkid's collaborated with Drake, an early supporter of The Weeknd and fellow Toronto star, on the massive global hit "One Dance."

Wizkid's been quick to respond to the album title announcement on Twitter. Although he also quickly deleted a strongly-worded tweet.

Is it just a coincidence The Weeknd's new album title is the same as Wizkid's long-used name?

We're not so sure.

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The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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