|Stage Name:||The Weeknd|
|Real Name:||Abel Makkonen Tesfaye|
|Date Of Birth/Age:||16 February 1990 (age 31 years)|
|Place of Birth:||Toronto, Canada|
|Education:||West Hill Collegiate Institute|
The Weeknd Biography
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, born 16 February 1990, and better known by his stage name The Weeknd (pronounced The Weekend), is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer.
His stage name was inspired by the film Apocalypse Now and by an optional song from the video game Final Fantasy VIII.
The songster began recording songs at age 16, initially releasing them on YouTube. He released several mixtapes throughout 2011–2012 and gradually built an online following.
In late 2010, he anonymously uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name “The Weeknd,” which were remixed versions of songs by artists like Nat King Cole and Michael Jackson. Subsequently, he released three nine-track mixtapes throughout 2011: “House of Balloons,” “Thursday,” and “Echoes of Silence,” which were critically acclaimed.
In particular, though, “House of Balloons” stood out. That critically-acclaimed, 2011 compilation led to a recording contract with Republic Records in 2012.
The year of the contract, he released a compilation album, “Trilogy,” with thirty tracks consisting of the remastered mixtapes and three additional songs. His label XO released that body of work in collaboration with Republic Records.
It was a period of great productive energy, as he also released his debut studio album, “Kiss Land,” soon after, in 2013.
The project was supported by the eponymous song “Kiss Land” and “Live For”. The songs have simultaneously held the top three spots on Billboard’s R&B Songs chart, making him the first artist in history to achieve this – no small record.
Peaking at four on the Billboard 200, “Kiss Land” became the artist’s first number one album in the US. Notable songs include “Earned It,” “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face,” and as for other singles, he has promoted some of them via his record label XO, such as “The Hills,” often remixing them as well.
Kiss Land debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and generated the single “Belong to the World,” which reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100.
In September 2015, The Weeknd released his eponymous fifth mixtape, which became his first number one on the Billboard 200, earning him three Grammy nominations for Best R&B Performance and Best Urban Contemporary Album.
He has six top 10 Billboard 200 debuts on his three albums “Kiss Land” (2013), “Beauty Behind The Madness (2015),” and “My Dear Melancholy,” released on March 30, 2018.
In the course of his career, he’s won over a dozen awards and been nominated for over 50 others.
Outside of music, the songster delights in fashion. Some of his fans even think of him as a fashion icon.
The Weeknd is not a big believer in marriage. In fact, in a recent interview, he’d noted that the prospects of marriage scare him. But he hasn’t completely ruled out marriage. Kids are fine by him, and he plans to have kids before ever deciding to get married – if at all.
He’s got an interesting dating history so far. The Weeknd’s dating history consists of many brief and casual relationships. The Weeknd dated model Bella Hadid, but they split in 2015.
In 2017, The Weeknd had a relationship with fellow singer Selena Gomez. At the beginning of 2018, he was linked to American singer Ariana Grande. In April 2018, the Weeknd posted a photograph on Instagram with model and actress Kourtney Weber whom he has since been said to have dated.
At the moment, the songster appears focused on the music.
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