The Weeknd

The Weeknd, born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye on February 16, 1990, in Toronto, Canada, is a Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and record producer. Renowned for his distinctive voice and genre-blending music, The Weeknd has become one of the most influential artists in contemporary R&B and pop music.

Timeline of Career Highlights

  1. 2010: Releases a series of songs on YouTube under the alias "The Weeknd."
  2. 2011: Drops three critically acclaimed mixtapes: “House of Balloons”, “Thursday”, and “Echoes of Silence”.
  3. 2012: Compiles mixtapes into the album “Trilogy”, marking his first major label release.
  4. 2013: Releases debut studio album “Kiss Land”.
  5. 2015: Breaks into mainstream success with the album “Beauty Behind the Madness”, featuring hits like "Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills."
  6. 2016: Drops “Starboy”, which includes the chart-topping title track featuring Daft Punk.
  7. 2020: Releases “After Hours”, which includes the global hit "Blinding Lights."
  8. 2021: Performs at the Super Bowl LV halftime show.
  9. 2022: Releases the album “Dawn FM”.

Albums and Discography

1. Studio Albums

  1. “Kiss Land” (2013)
  2. “Beauty Behind the Madness” (2015)
  3. “Starboy” (2016)
  4. “My Dear Melancholy,” (2018)
  5. “After Hours” (2020)
  6. “Dawn FM” (2022)

2. Compilation Albums

  1. “Trilogy” (2012)

3. Notable Singles

  1. "Wicked Games" (2012)
  2. "Can't Feel My Face" (2015)
  3. "The Hills" (2015)
  4. "Starboy" (2016)
  5. "Blinding Lights" (2019)
  6. "Save Your Tears" (2020)

Grammy Awards

2016 Best R&B Performance for "Earned It" and Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Beauty Behind the Madness”.

2018 Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Starboy”.

Famous Songs and Compositions

  1. "Can't Feel My Face" (2015) - A major hit that topped charts worldwide.
  2. "The Hills" (2015) - Known for its dark themes and chart-topping success.
  3. "Starboy" feat. Daft Punk (2016) - Blended pop and electronic music, achieving global recognition.
  4. "Blinding Lights" (2019) - One of the most successful singles of all time, topping charts globally.

Collaborations and Cover Versions

Collaborations Worked with artists like Drake, Daft Punk, Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, and Lana Del Rey.

Cover Versions His songs have been covered by various artists, highlighting his influence across different genres.

Quotes

"I'm trying to get to a point where I can find new ways to make music."

"The last thing you want is to not be recognized. It’s not that I’m afraid of being forgotten; I just don’t want to be silenced."

Gossip and Personal Anecdotes

The Weeknd's high-profile relationships with Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez have been widely covered in the media.

Known for his privacy, The Weeknd has often let his music speak for him, avoiding the spotlight outside of his professional work.

His decision to boycott the Grammys in 2021 due to transparency issues sparked a significant conversation in the music industry.

The Weeknd’s career is marked by his innovative approach to music and his ability to continually evolve as an artist. His unique sound and impactful lyrics have earned him a place among the top artists of his generation, making him a trailblazer in the world of contemporary music.

Songs: Can't Feel My Face, The Hills, Starboy

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