Starboy" is a song recorded by Canadian singer The Weeknd for his third studio album, Starboy (2016), featuring French electronic duo Daft Punk. The song was released as the lead single from Starboy on September 22, 2016 through XO and Republic Records. The song was written by The Weeknd, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Thomas Bangalter, Martin McKinney and Henry Walter, and was produced by Daft Punk, Doc McKinney and Cirkut. The alternative R&B song incorporates themes of the extravagance associated with a celebrity lifestyle, as well as discussing how the celebrity lifestyle can make an entertainer fragile.
"Starboy" was immediately well received upon release; a number of critics praised its composition and The Weeknd's decision to create an aesthetic similar to his earlier mixtapes. The song premiered following the announcement of the album, which was showcased, alongside the album artwork, a day earlier.
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