second studio album Beauty Behind the Madness (2015). The song
was released as the album's fourth single on November 17, 2015.
The song is written in the key of A minor in common time with a
moderate, swinging tempo of 113 beats per minute. Tesfaye's
(The Weeknd's) vocals span from E 4 to D 6 in the song. 
The song was well received by critics. Like The Weeknd's
previous collaboration with Max Martin , " Can't Feel My Face", it
has been widely compared to works by Michael Jackson . Jon
Dolan of Rolling Stone wrote "Sometimes, the album stirs up real
drama. "In the Night" could be just one more "Dirty Diana"-style
ode to a predatory babe — until we learn the woman in the song
is the victim of abuse, "dancing to relieve the pain."" Harley
Brown of Spin wrote that the song "comes the closest to the wall-
scaling studio and automobile airwave euphoria of "Can't Feel My
Face", ratcheting up to background synths on the scope of '80s
spectacles like " Everybody Wants to Rule the World ." "The real
star here is, as usual, his voice, tapping at the uppermost fragile
glass of his register without quite breaking it", he continued.
The song's music video, directed by BRTHR, was released on
December 8, 2015 and features Tesfaye's girlfriend, fashion
model Bella Hadid.
It depicts Hadid as a waitress at a seedy nightclub of dancers frequented by dangerous gangsters. The
leading gangster takes a particular liking to the waitress, as
Tesfaye's character watches helplessly as she and the dancers
are taken advantage of by gangsters. The clip grows increasingly
disorienting, building to a chaotic sequence in which the waitress
and her fellow dancers finally kill off the gangsters.
The leading gangster, however, tracks down Tesfaye's character in the final
scene, placing a gun to his head — but is saved by who appears
to be the waitress, who kills the gangster, before the two ride off
on a motorcycle. The video ends with the dancers dragging a
gangster's corpse into a sea, with shaky camera footage, as the
screen goes to black.