Is The Weeknd’s ‘Take My Breath’ inspired by Selena Gomez’s ‘Souvenir’? Fans join the dots

The Weeknd took to his Instagram to announce the brand new single called ‘Take My Breath’ that was teased via a new Olympics advertisement

                            Is The Weeknd’s ‘Take My Breath’ inspired by Selena Gomez’s ‘Souvenir’? Fans join the dots
The Weeknd and Selena Gomez (Photos by Rich Fury/Jesse Grant/Getty Images)

Music lovers are surely in for a treat this Friday, August 6, as Kanye West and Lil Nas X are dropping their respective albums and if this was not enough, Drake might also release his much-awaited full-length project called ‘Certified Lover Boy’. And to top it all, The Weeknd is going to finally drop the very first single from his new album apparently called ‘The Dawn’.

The 31-year-old award-winning crooner took to his Instagram to announce the brand new single called ‘Take My Breath’ that was teased via a new Olympics advertisement. However, as soon as the fans saw the title of the newly-announced track, they immediately linked it to the singer's ex-flame Selena Gomez’s 2020 single ‘Souvenir’ which features similar lyrics.

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Is The Weeknd’s ‘Take My Breath’ inspired by Selena Gomez’s ‘Souvenir’?


The Weeknd took to his official Instagram account to announce the new single with the caption, “8.6.21 new single #tokyoolympics”. The Olympics ad featured the name of the title track and then switched to visuals focusing on Team USA’s Tokyo Olympics competitors Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad, Athing Mu and Gabby Thomas. They can be seen celebrating each other’s successes and sharing words of wisdom as the singer’s track plays in the background. The song’s announcement comes a day after he shared an audio snippet and the first look for his album ‘The Dawn’. The multi-platinum artist had also tweeted, ““f**k it ... IT STARTS TONIGHT” to kick off his new era.

The fans of the R&B star got elated as they linked the title of the track to the lyrics of Selena Gomez’s song ‘Souvenir’. On the track, she sings, “You're giving me chills at a hundred degrees/ It's better than pills how you put me to sleep/ Calling your name, the only language I can speak/ Taking my breath, a souvenir that you can keep/ Giving me chills (chills).” For the unversed, the Grammy award-winning singer and Gomez dated for almost 10 months before splitting in October 2017.




‘I see The Weeknd using wise words from Souvenir by Selena Gomez’

Social media users first could not contain their excitement as they erupted with joy over The Weeknd’s new announcement and later a few users connected the track to his former girlfriend’s song. One user said, “Take my breath screams kissland oh my god i love it already and flr the olympics oh my god.” Another said, “blinding lights was used in a mercedes benz ad and now take my breath is being used for the olympics … i see where this is going and i love it.” One tweeted, “Take My Breath is already one of his best singles ever and it hasn’t even dropped yet.” One posted, “Singing 'take my breath' in the shower gon hit different fr fr.” One user added, “im soo f***ing excited for take my breath !! the snippets are just so magicall ahhh i cant waitt!!”
The next one said, “You guys never gonna make things official...this is so brain frying for us to connect all your clues man...just atleast comeout this year. Now connecting to souvenir.” Meanwhile, another tweeted, “take my breath away. i see the weeknd using wise words from souvenir by selena gomez.” One user tried to join the dots, “Okay so Abel’s new single is called “Take my breath” & he’s releasing in August. & then Selena’s song, Souvenir which we all know is about Abel coincidentally has the lines “Take my breath” & “New York back in August”. While one person concluded, “take my breath away, just like, take my breath away, just like, souvenir."