The Weeknd – Popular ft. Madonna, Playboi Carti (Official Music Video)

The Weeknd - Popular ft. Madonna, Playboi Carti (Official Music Video)

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Official YouTube Video for Popular by The Weeknd

“Popular” is a track performed by the Weeknd, Playboi Carti, and Madonna, hailing from Canada and the United States. This collaborative song was dropped on June 2, 2023, under the labels XO and Republic Records. The theme of the song revolves around the pursuit of fame and popularity at any cost. The lyrics depict a character who is willing to do whatever it takes, including sacrificing integrity and morality, to achieve fame and recognition. The repetition of the phrase “popular” emphasizes the central desire of the character and perhaps reflects a broader societal obsession with fame and celebrity culture.

The song critiques the superficiality and emptiness of the pursuit of popularity, highlighting the shallowness of a life consumed by the desire for fame. It portrays fame as a destructive force, leading individuals to compromise their values and engage in harmful behaviors in pursuit of validation and attention.

Additionally, the lyrics suggest a sense of disillusionment with the glamorous facade of fame, as the character grapples with the consequences of their actions and the emptiness of their achievements. Despite outward success, the character is depicted as ultimately unfulfilled, suggesting that true happiness and fulfillment cannot be found through external validation or material wealth.

Overall, the theme of the song explores the dark side of fame and the sacrifices individuals may make in their quest for popularity, ultimately questioning the worth of such pursuits and highlighting the importance of authenticity and integrity in one’s actions and aspirations.

Popular Lyrics by The Weeknd

I’ve seen the devil

Down Sunset

In every place

In every face

Yeah, uh, uh

Yeah, uh, uh

Tell me, do you see her? (Yeah) she’s livin’ her life (uh)

Even if she acts like she don’t want the limelight (uh, yeah, uh)

But if you knew her (yeah), she lives a lie

She calls the paparazzi, then she acts surprised, oh

Oh, I know what she needs (oh)

She just want the fame, I know what she fiends (oh)

Give her a little taste, runnin’ back to me, uh (oh)

Put it in her veins, pray her soul to keep, ooh, ooh

Every night (every night, uh), she prays to the sky

Flashin’ lights is all she ever wanted (yeah)

Beggin’ on her knees to be popular

That’s her dream, to be popular (hey)

Kill anyone to be popular (hm)

Sell her soul to be popular

Popular, just to be popular (uh-huh)

Everybody scream ’cause she popular (hey)

She mainstream ’cause she popular

Never be free ’cause she popular

Money on top of me, money on top of her (uh-huh)

Money on top of me, money on top of her (uh-huh)

Yuh, shawty – with me ’cause she know I’m popular (uh-uh)

Yuh, shawty – with me ’cause she know I’m popular

I know that you see me (huh), time’s gone by

Spend my whole life runnin’ from your flashin’ lights

Try to own it (uh), but I’m alright (yuh)

You can’t take my soul without a – fight (uh, oh)

Oh, I know what she needs (oh)

She just want the fame, I know what she fiends (oh)

Give her a little taste, runnin’ back to me (oh)

Put it in her veins, pray her soul to keep, ooh (uh)

Ooh, every night (every night), she prays to the sky (oh)

Flashin’ lights is all she ever wants to see (yuh)

Beggin’ on her knees to be popular (uh)

That’s her dream, to be popular (hey)

Kill anyone to be popular (hm)

Sell her soul to be popular

Popular, just to be popular (uh-huh)

Everybody scream ’cause she popular (hey)

She mainstream ’cause she popular

Never be free ’cause she popular

Money on top of me, money on top of her (uh-huh)

Money on top of me, money on top of her (uh-huh)

Yuh, shawty – with me ’cause she know I’m popular (uh)

Yuh, shawty – with me ’cause she know I’m popular (uh)

Money on top of me, money on top of her (uh-huh)

Money on top of me, money on top of her (uh-huh)

Yuh, shawty – with me ’cause she know I’m popular (uh-huh)

Yuh, shawty – with me ’cause she know I’m popular

Eat me and money, I’ma keepin’ it

I’m gettin’ can and I’m kickin’ it

Money on top of me, money on top of her

Yuh, shawty – with me ’cause she know I’m popular

Pop-popular, born to be popular

She in debt, 20 mill’, but she run it up

She can never be broke ’cause she popular

Turn the webcam on for the followers

beggin’ on her knees to be popular

That’s her dream, to be popular (hey)

Kill anyone to be popular

Sell her soul to be popular

Popular, just to be popular (uh-huh)

Everybody scream ’cause she popular (hey)

She mainstream ’cause she popular

Never be free ’cause she popular

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