Listen to The Weeknd’s ‘A Lesser Man’ from The Idol Ep 3 opening as Tedros and Jocelyn go shopping

The Weeknd’s ‘A Lesser Man‘ features prominently in The Idol, Episode 3

With The Weeknd starring in the new (and still absolutely terrible) HBO Max series The Idol, it isn’t surprising his music features extensively in it.

Songs like The Weeknd’s ‘A Lesser Man‘, which was the track playing throughout the first couple of minutes of The Idol, Season 1, Episode 3, “Daybreak“, as Tedros and Jocelyn go shopping and are in the back seat of the convertible as they head towards Beverly Hills.

The track continues as they stop outside a shop and Jocelyn is mobbed by fans who all want a photograph with her.

The Weeknd’s ‘A Lesser Man‘ is yet another of the Canadian singer songwriter’s new songs written specifically for The Idol.

Hence, why the song was up front and center right at the beginning of the episode for an extended period of time.

The track was co-written with Mike Dean, and was officially released today.

The Weeknd’s new music is being released on The Idol week-by-week

A Lesser Man‘ is one of two new The Weeknd songs on The Idol this week, with the second one ‘Take Me Back‘ played over the end credits.

It is also one of a slew of tracks from The Weeknd that are coming out on almost every new episode of The Idol, after the singer decided his music would have more impact if it was released throughout the entire run of The Idol, instead of being released as a new album when the first episode premiered.

Listen to The Weeknd’s ‘A Lesser Man‘ as heard on this week’s episode of The Idol on the Spotify player, and in the video.

Meanwhile, The Idol itself is still rated 4.9 out of 10 on IMDB, while on Rotten Tomatoes it has a 27 percent critics’ score.

Critics at the Cannes Film Festival, where the series premiered, hated it too.

A shame as, with The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) and Lily-Rose Depp in the cast, I wanted to like this one. A lot. But I just don’t.


About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered K-drama, K-pop, J-pop and music news for over a decade.