The Weeknd

Biography

Allegedly "shrouded in mystery" despite a social media presence (with accompanying photos) on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, SoundCloud, and YouTube, as well as major support from fellow Torontonian Drake, alternative R&B act the Weeknd — a solo outlet for vocalist Abel Tesfaye — surfaced in March 2011 with House of Balloons. A nine-track, 50-minute mixtape made available for free download on the Weeknd website, House of Balloons was based in morose ballads filled with drug references and sexual longing. Sonically, there were clear traces of radio-friendly contemporary R&B à la Trey Songz, Jeremih, the-Dream, and Drake, while also appealing to listeners who favored left-of-center, production-over-songcraft exponents like Spacek and Sa-Ra. The mixtape, made by Tesfaye in collaboration with producers Doc McKinney and Illangelo, among others, garnered widespread coverage — most of which was gushingly positive — within days of its March 21 release. A second mixtape, Thursday (August 19), preceded several appearances on Drake's album Take Care. Echoes of Silence (December 21), the third Weeknd mixtape, followed just before the end of the year. The following June, "Crew Love," off Take Care, reached the Top Ten of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. A few months later, he was featured on another charting single, Wiz Khalifa's "Remember You."
After Tesfaye signed with Universal Republic, the three Weeknd mixtapes were remastered and bundled with three new songs for Trilogy, issued in November 2012. The set debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart. The following April, Tesfaye won Juno Awards in the categories of Breakthrough Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. Trilogy was certified platinum by the RIAA the next month. Kiss Land, much darker in tone than its title implied, followed in September 2013 and debuted at number two. Out of its several singles, only "Live For," featuring Drake, touched the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Tesfaye had much more success with a series of non-album singles that followed. "Often," released in 2014, was a Top Ten R&B/Hip-Hop hit. He was featured on Ariana Grande's "Love Me Harder," which reached the Top Ten of the Hot 100 and went platinum in the U.S. "Earned It," featured in Fifty Shades of Grey, repeated the same feats.
In 2015, Tesfaye issued "The Hills," a booming ballad, and "Can't Feel My Face," a disco-funk throwback, as the first two singles from Beauty Behind the Madness. Both songs topped the Hot 100. The album was issued that August and debuted at the same position. Through the end of 2015 and into 2016, he was featured on Disclosure's "In the Night," Kanye West's "FML," Future's "Low Life," and Beyoncé's "6 Inch," among other tracks. "Starboy," a collaboration with Daft Punk, was released in September 2016 as the lead single from Tesfaye's album of the same title. It became the singer's fifth Top Ten pop single prior to the November arrival of Starboy.

Birth Date: February 16, 1990

Origin: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: R&B/Soul 

Years Active: '10s

    Albums

    No albums available

    Concerts

    25

    Rogers Arena

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Vancouver, BC

    Artists: The Weeknd


    26

    KeyArena

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Seattle, WA

    Artists: The Weeknd


    28

    SAP Center at San Jose

    Friday, April 28, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Friday, April 28, 2017

    San Jose, CA

    Artists: The Weeknd


    29

    The Forum

    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Inglewood, CA

    Artists: The Weeknd


    30

    The Forum

    Sunday, April 30, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Sunday, April 30, 2017

    Inglewood, CA

    Artists: The Weeknd


    2

    Talking Stick Resort Arena

    Tuesday, May 2, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

    Phoenix, AZ

    Artists: The Weeknd


    4

    American Airlines Center

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, May 4, 2017

    Dallas, TX

    Artists: The Weeknd


    6

    Toyota Center

    Saturday, May 6, 2017

    Start: Friday, September 11, 2009

    Ends: Saturday, May 6, 2017

    Houston, TX

    Artists: The Weeknd


    9

    Smoothie King Center

    Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    New Orleans, LA

    Artists: The Weeknd


    11

    BB&T Center

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Sunrise, FL

    Artists: The Weeknd


    12

    Amalie Arena

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Friday, May 12, 2017

    Tampa, FL

    Artists: The Weeknd


    13

    Philips Arena

    Saturday, May 13, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, May 13, 2017

    Atlanta, GA

    Artists: The Weeknd


    17

    Spectrum Center (formerly Time Warner Cable Arena)

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    Charlotte, NC

    Artists: The Weeknd


    18

    Verizon Center

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Washington, DC

    Artists: The Weeknd


    19

    Boardwalk Hall

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Friday, May 19, 2017

    Atlantic City, NJ

    Artists: The Weeknd


    23

    Allstate Arena

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Rosemont, IL

    Artists: The Weeknd


    24

    The Palace of Auburn Hills

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Auburn Hills, MI

    Artists: The Weeknd


    26

    Air Canada Centre

    Friday, May 26, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Friday, May 26, 2017

    Toronto, ON

    Artists: The Weeknd


    28

    Canadian Tire Centre

    Sunday, May 28, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Sunday, May 28, 2017

    Kanata, ON

    Artists: The Weeknd


    30

    Centre Bell Centre

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Montreal, QC

    Artists: The Weeknd


    31

    Centre Videotron

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    Québec, QC

    Artists: The Weeknd


    2

    Mohegan Sun Arena

    Friday, June 2, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Friday, June 2, 2017

    Uncasville, CT

    Artists: The Weeknd


    3

    The New Coliseum

    Saturday, June 3, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, June 3, 2017

    Uniondale, NY

    Artists: The Weeknd


    4

    Prudential Center

    Sunday, June 4, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Sunday, June 4, 2017

    Newark, NJ

    Artists: The Weeknd


    6

    Barclays Center

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    Brooklyn, NY

    Artists: The Weeknd


    7

    Barclays Center

    Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    Brooklyn, NY

    Artists: The Weeknd


    9

    U.S. Bank Arena

    Friday, June 9, 2017

    Start: Friday, November 4, 2016

    Ends: Friday, June 9, 2017

    Cincinnati, OH

    Artists: The Weeknd


    Followers

  • Roy Woods

    Genres: R&B/Soul

  • Contemporaries

  • Ne-Yo

    Genres: R&B/Soul

  • The-Dream

    Genres: R&B/Soul

  • Tinashe

    Genres: R&B/Soul

  • Keri Hilson

    Genres: R&B/Soul

  • FKA twigs

    Genres: Electronic

  • Banks

    Genres: Alternative

  • Gallant

    Genres: R&B/Soul

  • Frank Ocean

    Genres: Pop

  • Nick Jonas

    Genres: Pop

  • Troye Sivan

    Genres: Pop