The Weeknd Talks Michael Jackson Influence in New Spike Lee Doc

the torch has been passed

by daniel barna

The Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, has never shied away from his desire to assume the mantle left vacant by Michael Jackson. It's in the way he sings, the way he dances, and the way he crafts his music videos. In Spike Lee's upcoming documentary about the King of Pop, titled Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall, Tesfaye is one of many musicians who discuss the influence of Jackson's seminal pop masterpiece. 

"I found my falsetto, because of (album) Off The Wall, (song) 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough,'" he says in a clip from the brand new trailer. "I always use Michael as, first and foremost, a vocal inspiration, and Off the Wall was definitely the one that made me feel like I could sing."

This is Lee's second documentary about Jackson, after 2012's Bad 25 examined the making of, you guessed it, Bad. Featuring rare archival footage and interviews from musical luminaries like Questlove, David Byrne, Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson, John Legend, and L.A. Reid, Journey premieres January 24th at Sundance, before Showtime airs it for the general public on February 26th. Watch the trailer above.