The "Starboy" hitmaker teamed up with Ariana for the 2014 hit "Love Me Harder", which was produced by record-breaking hitmaker Martin, and he now reveals that meeting him led to the creation of his breakout tracks "In the Night", "Can't Feel My Face" and the songs on his triple platinum release, "Starboy".
"Ariana was kinda my foot in the door with Max, my chance to show him 'I can play this game,' y'know?" The Weeknd tells Variety. "But when we got in the room together, we didn't really connect as much. Then someone invited him to a show I did at the Hollywood Bowl, and he saw 15,000 people singing along, and I think he was like, 'OK, there's something I'm not getting.' "
He adds, "So we sat down again, and the first song we created was 'In the Night'."
The singer dropped his fourth album, "After Hours", last month.