The Weeknd

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, born in Toronto, Canada, on February 16, 1990, is best known around the world as The Weeknd. Tesfaye has grown up listening to a variety of musical genres including soul, quiet storm, hip hop, funk, indie rock and post-punk. After a troubled teenage years, at 17, Abel decided to drop out of school and leave his mother’s house. This period was complicated, as he admitted to the New York Times: “My mother looked at me as if I had failed”. The musician even says he adopted his stage name “The Weeknd” after leaving school with a classmate and “left home in a weekend and never came back”. At the end of 2010, he released several songs under his pseudonym “The Weeknd” on his YouTube account, keeping his true identity anonymous. In 2011, he released three mixtapes of nine songs each that are available only for digital download: House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence. The three releases were very well received by the critics. In 2012, they released a compilation album, Trilogy, which consists of remastered versions of the songs contained in the mixtapes, as well as three new songs. The following year he published his first studio album, Kiss Land.The second album, Beauty Behind the Madness, was the first of the singer to reach the first place on the Billboard 200 chart. It includes the US and UK top singles “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills”, along with the top-five single (also in the US and UK) “Earned It”. The three songs were simultaneously in the top three Billboard Hot R&B charts, making Tesfaye the first artist in history to perform such a feat.In 2016, he released his third studio album, Starboy, whose theme of the same name became Tesfaye’s third #1 on the top charts in the US and UK.In March 2018, he surprisingly released the EP My Dear Melancholy, which reached the top of the US album charts.

Discography

2013 – Kiss Land

2015 – Beauty Behind the Madness

2016 – Starboy

EP

2018 – My Dear Melancholy,

Collections

2012 – Trilogy

Mixtape

2011 – House of Balloons

2011 – Thursday

2011 – Echoes of Silence

Singles

2012 – Wicked Games

2012 – Twenty Eight

2013 – Kiss Land

2013 – Live For 

2014 – Wanderlust

2014 – Often

2014 – Love Me Harder 

2014 – Earned It

2015 – The Hills

2015 – Can’t Feel My Face

2015 – In the Night

2016 – Acquainted

2016 – Starboy

2016 – False Alarm

2016 – Party Monster

2016 – I Feel It Coming

2017 – Reminder

2017 – Rockin’

2017 – Die for You

2017 – Secrets

2018 – Pray for Me 

2018 – Call Out My Name

2019 – Lost in the Fire

2019 – Power Is Power 

2019 – Heartless

2019 – Blinding Lights

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