Artist Profile
The Weeknd

Abél Makkonen Tesfaye (born 16 February 1990), better known by his stage name The Weeknd (pronounced "the weekend"), is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer. In late 2010, Tesfaye anonymously uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name "The Weeknd".

He released three nine-track mixtapes throughout 2011: House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, which were critically acclaimed. The following year, he released a compilation album Trilogy, thirty tracks consisting of the remastered mixtapes and three additional songs. It was released under Republic Records and his own label XO.

In 2013, he released his debut studio album Kiss Land, which was supported by the singles "Kiss Land" and "Live For". His second album, Beauty Behind the Madness, which became his first number one album on theBillboard 200, included the top-five single "Earned It" and produced the number-one singles "The Hills" and "Can't Feel My Face". The songs have simultaneously held the top three spots on the Billboard Hot R&B Songschart, making him the first artist in history to achieve this.

The Weeknd has won two Grammy Awards and has been nominated for an Academy Award. In September 2016, the release of the third album, Starboy was announced, along with the release of the tracks "Starboy" and "False Alarm".

The Weeknd cites Michael Jackson, Prince and R. Kelly as his main inspirations. He often says it was Jackson's music that made him want to be a singer, and the lyrics to "Dirty Diana" Other influences include Portishead, Massive Attack, Cam'ron,  Aaliyah, D'Angelo, The-Dream, Swizz Beatz, The Smiths,Bad Brains, Talking Heads, and DeBarge.

Starboy is the third studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter The Weeknd released on November 25, 2016 it peaked at #5 on the UK Album charts and #1 US Billboard 200. The title track was the lead single it peaked at #2 both on the UK Singles charts and the Billboard Hot 100. 2nd single was I feel it coming, it hit #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the UK Singles Charts.

After Hours is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer The Weeknd released on March 20, 2020. The project has so far been supported by two singles: "Heartless" and Blinding Lights.

2nd single from his 4th studio album

 - Blinding Lights - Weeknd (The)

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2020-03-27 by Simon Willson
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