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The Weeknd discusses American Dad episode, and new song I’m A Virgin

By | Published on Tuesday 5 May 2020

The Weeknd

The Weeknd’s episode of animated series ‘American Dad’ – which he co-wrote and appears in – aired in the US last night. The episode also saw him premiere a new song, ‘I’m A Virgin’, co-written with Asa Taccone specifically for the telly programme.

Describing himself as a “longtime fan of the show”, the musician tells Variety: “I always wanted to play a character that was the opposite of the public’s perception of me – and of course make fun of myself. Once I was given the opportunity I took complete advantage. [Episode co-writer] Joel Hurwitz believed in the vision and he helped execute it beautifully”.

He adds that he’s now keen to “continue to create different Weeknds in alternate universes”, with another animated show in his sights.

“‘American Dad” was everything I wanted”, he says. “It’s going to be hard to beat this in the TV cartoon world, but an obvious bucket list would be to work on ‘The Simpsons’. That would be a dream … I actually have a pretty cool idea if they’re down”.

Elsewhere in animated Weeknd news, he also revealed in the Variety interview that he’s provided “multiple voices” for an upcoming episode of ‘Robot Chicken’.