“Nothing Compares” by The Weeknd
On “Nothing Compares”, The Weeknd and his romantic partner have clearly gone their separate ways. And their separation is causing him so much. As a matter of fact the pain is so much that he feels “asphyxiated” on top of being completely empty.
And as the song progresses, we realize that he tries to fill the void by engaging in unhealthy practices. Some of these toxic practices include getting intoxicated and engaging in casual affairs with other women. However, none of them solves his problem. He’s still empty inside and misses his ex so badly. This is why in the chorus he says that nothing can ever compare to the emptiness he and his lover both share. This line also insinuates that his lover is also missing him as much as he misses her.
Who is responsible for the relationship’s demise?
From The Weeknd’s own narration, it is abundantly clear that he is the one responsible for the breakup. While the exact things he did to mess up the relationship isn’t clearly stated, it is so clear that he wasn’t faithful.
And in the song’s bridge, he makes that clearer with a number of lines. For example, he talks about walking away even when things are great. This apparently means he has the habit of not wanting to fully commit to any relationship. And even though he found a wonderful partner in the addressee, he still couldn’t change from his negative ways to make it work with her.
Facts about “Nothing Compares”
The Weeknd composed this song with songwriters Ricky Reed, DaHeala and Belly. He also co-produced “Nothing Compares” with the song’s co-writers DaHeala and Reed.
March 30th, 2020 was the song’s official release date. However, three days before that, The Weeknd teased it on Instagram. This is one of the bonus tracks that appear on the deluxe edition of the number one album “After Hours” (which is actually the fifth studio album of The Weeknd). “After Hours” was supported by the singles below:
Many pundits and fans believe the song’s addressee is model Bella Hadid. The Weeknd and Bella first began dating in 2015.