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[233], On August 7, 2020, Tesfaye held an interactive virtual concert on TikTok, The Weeknd Experience, to raise funds for the Equal Justice Initiative. [97] It marked the second collaboration between the pair, with West providing production and writing on "Tell Your Friends" from Beauty Behind the Madness. [89], On September 8, Tesfaye became the first male artist to have simultaneously held the top three spots on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, with the three singles that preceded the release of his album. The album was released for free download online, and received online attention for its almost ghostly presence and nonconformity to traditional genres. [158] Tesfaye possesses a wide light-lyric tenor vocal range, which spans over three octaves. [190], In April 2019, Tesfaye bought ownership in esports company OverActive Media Group, the owners of Splyce and Overwatch League team Toronto Defiant, and will serve as the company's global ambassador. [62] This was three weeks prior to his contributions to the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), contributing "Devil May Cry", as well as featuring on Sia's "Elastic Heart". Abel Makkonen Tesfaye was born on 16 February 1990, in Scarborough, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto. ", "Daily Disc: The Weeknd's 'Echoes Of Silence, "9 things You Need To Know About The Weeknd", "The Weeknd Reveals The Origin Of His Name + More", "The Weeknd Reveals How He Got His Name... 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[158] Marc Hogan of Spin says that Tesfaye's samples tend "to draw from rock critic-approved sources, though generally ones that already share elements of his sexual menace", with samples of artists such as Beach House, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Aaliyah. The 30-year-old singer lashed out at the Recording Academy Tuesday night after being snubbed in the Grammy nominations earlier in … His fourth album, After Hours (2020), featured the number-one singles "Heartless" and "Blinding Lights". [178] With this partnership, Tesfaye also released three capsule collections named PUMA X XO including T-shirts, caps, sweatpants, bomber jackets and a pair of shoes called the Parallels.[179][180]. Remember: “Blinding Lights” is the same genre as “Boogie Oogie Oogie” is the same genre as “Twistin’ the Night Away.” image caption The Weeknd won three awards, including best R&B album, for After Hours R&B star The Weeknd won three prizes at Sunday's American Music Awards - with his face covered in bandages. [65] The remix was well-received, and came days prior to the announcement of Tesfaye's first headlining tour, entitled the King of the Fall tour. [156] In concert, Tesfaye reappropriates his digitized productions with a suite-like arena rock aesthetic. Tesfaye states he began smoking marijuana at age 11, and later moved on to harder drugs. Before adopting the stage name the Weeknd, he worked under the aliases of the Noise and Kin Kane. [125], On November 24, 2019, "Blinding Lights", the expected lead single of his fourth studio album, was announced via a Mercedes-Benz commercial on German television. [162] Anupa Mistry of the Toronto Standard observes throughout his mixtapes a "cast of supine, stoned zombie-women ... whose legs willingly part after being plied with substances and who morph into threats only when [he is] coming down and feeling vulnerable". This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but for those who want to hear something original that sounds like it … [60] It was later confirmed to have sold over 273,000 copies in the United States, as well as receiving generally positive reviews from music critics. [18] He eventually cut his hair in 2016 prior to the release of Starboy. [191], On August 31, 2020, Variety reported that Tesfaye partnered with TD Bank to launch Black Hxouse, an entrepreneurial initiative. Regarding The Weeknd’s shutout in the genre categories, a likely possibility is one that Variety nodded to in an article earlier this year: whether The Weeknd is … The Weeknd, has hall smoldering", "The Weeknd Worried Album Release was Insensitive", "How The Weeknd became R&B's next big thing", "r/singing - How is The Weeknd (Abel Testaye) singing? The song received platinum certification and went to number one in the United States, as well as in various other countries. [192] On September 9, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $221 million joint venture with Hxouse for Black Canadian entrepreneurs. [153] Tesfaye has said: "I've always had an admiration for the era before I was born. "[18], Tesfaye describes his teenage years as the film "Kids without the AIDS". He began his recording career in 2010, anonymously uploading several songs to YouTube. [82][83] The album was promoted by Tesfaye headlining various summer music festivals, including Lollapalooza, the Hard Summer Music Festival, and the Bumbershoot Festival. His vocal range reaches its extreme low at the bass F (F2), and its peak high at the tenor G♯ (G♯5), with a natural tessitura within the upper fourth octave. His music this year was excellent, and his contributions to the music community and broader world are worthy of everyone's admiration. He creates a tragic, lost cinematic flair through songs such as Save Your Tears by putting the 80’s pop in the back seat with a strong, almost menacing R&B beat taking the lead. [159] Tesfaye often makes use of his head voice in order to build resonance to belt out strong high notes within the fifth octave. Just when you are beginning to get used to the murky soul falsettos, Abel launches into an upbeat pop chorus. [25] In December 2010, Tesfaye uploaded "What You Need", "Loft Music" and "The Morning" to YouTube under his stage name,[26] although his identity was initially unknown. [9] The Weeknd's third album Starboy (2016) was a similar commercial success and included the number-one single of the same name, while it also won Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Tesfaye appeared on "6 Inch", the fifth song on Beyoncé's Lemonade. [101] A month later, the previously mentioned album's title was announced as Starboy, and had a release date of November 25. [108] He became the first feature utilized by Lana Del Rey, appearing on "Lust for Life", the title track and second single from her fifth studio album. [85][86] The album went double platinum in the US, and sold 1.5 million copies worldwide. ", "Screenshots of Instagram Story on November 26, 2019", "Five Burning Questions: Billboard Staffers Discuss The Weeknd's Top 40 Debut For 'Heartless, "The Weeknd's 'Blinding Lights' Hits No. By using sonic synth beats in combination with the dark thematic drug-related content, The Weeknd stretches the traditional barriers of genre-mixing by producing an album that perfectly captures the essence of shadows and somberity. He was later featured on Lil Uzi Vert's debut album and Gucci Mane's eleventh studio album Mr. Davis. In The Weeknd’s concept album After Hours, he combines decades of music from ‘80s synth grooves to modern pop, jazz, and R&B. [207], Tesfaye's hairstyle has been claimed to be partly inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat and has been described as his most recognizable trait. [140], On August 7, 2020, Tesfaye released the single "Smile" with late American rapper and singer Juice Wrld. The Weeknd, "In Your Eyes" After releasing his deluxe edition of After Hours at midnight Monday morning (March 23), The Weeknd stormed back hours later with a bloody new visual for "In Your Eyes." Through this, he creates a nostalgic journey of a slowly degenerating nightmare. Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), known professionally as the Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. Tesfaye claims he often shoplifted to supplement his use of ecstasy, oxycodone, Xanax, cocaine, psilocybin, and ketamine. [230][231][223] In August 2016, Tesfaye donated $250,000 to Black Lives Matter. He released a 12-minute short film, titled M A N I A, on November 23. [18] He also said his high-flying vocal style was influenced by habesha singers like Aster Aweke. Tesfaye accompanied Drake at his various shows, often performing as the opening act for shows scheduled at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, as well as appearing at the second annual OVO Fest in July. The Weeknd gained widespread critical acclaim for his three mixtapes, House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, which he later compiled to make a remastered, three-disc album titled Trilogy after signing his record deal with Republic. [177] The collections were available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami Beach, Houston, Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. ... alongside genre surveys across dance, hip-hop, country releases and more. On June 8, "Can't Feel My Face", a previously leaked track, was released as the album's third single, following its performance at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. [95] Tesfaye appeared on Saturday Night Live alongside actress Amy Schumer, performing as the show's musical guest on October 10. [144] He also debuted three live performances on Vevo in November 2020,[145] and performed at iHeartRadio's Jingle Ball alongside other artists on December 10, 2020. A year later, the Weeknd released the mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, and quickly … His central sound since his first mixtape House of Balloons has been complicated, best described as a moody blend of alternative R&B with old-school dream pop. He gained a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards for Starboy and ended up winning the award.[110]. [11] He was awarded the Allan Slaight Award by Canada's Walk of Fame for "making a positive impact in the fields of music, film, literature, visual or performing arts, sports, innovation or philanthropy". They all went platinum in the United States. During the American leg of his Fall tour promoting Kiss Land, Tesfaye collaborated with condom-producing company ONE to give away limited-edition condoms at his shows. [27][28] The songs drew some attention online, and were later included in a blog post from Drake. [172] With the original PAX 2 priced at $279.99, the limited edition e-cigarette cost $324.99. [116] On March 30, 2018, the extended play My Dear Melancholy, was released. [196] On November 11, 2016, it was reported that the couple had split, citing their conflicting schedules as the rationale for ending the relationship. The character on his album cover features blood flowing down the front of his face while he maniacally laughs. This record blends a lot of unique genres like Neo-Psychedelia, Glam Rock, Hypnagogic Pop, Psychedelic Soul, and others to make this impossible to define. [217] In September 2018, Tesfaye and Daft Punk were sued for allegedly stealing the rhythm from a self-described poet, singer and songwriter named Yasminah. [220][221], After being presented with a Bikila Award for Professional Excellence in 2014, Tesfaye donated $50,000 to the University of Toronto to help them start a course on Ge'ez, the classic language of Ethiopia. He followed the album with Beauty Behind the Madness (2015), which was among the best-selling albums of 2015. With the […] [124] On August 30, 2019, during the Telluride Film Festival, Tesfaye made his debut cinematic appearance in the film Uncut Gems. [84] He announced his first large-scale tour across the United States, which began in November, and concluded in December. 3", "The Weeknd Unveils 'Kiss Land' Release Date & Cover Artwork", "The Weeknd's 'Kiss Land' Arrives on August 27th, "Belong to the World" Snippet", "Amazon.com: Live For [feat. [55], On May 16, 2013, Tesfaye premiered the title track to his debut studio album Kiss Land,[56] and announced the album's release date as September 10. [46] Covering "Dirty Diana" at his performance in London, he received positive responses from both Katy Perry and Florence Welch, who noted the singer's ability to successfully undertake a complex song. In The Weeknd’s concept album After Hours, he combines decades of music from ‘80s synth grooves to modern pop, jazz, and R&B. [104] Tesfaye returned to Saturday Night Live on October 10, performing "Starboy" and "False Alarm". [176] He also hosted several pop-up retail stores for the "Starboy: Limited Capsule" collection,[177] which were available across North America, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto. [137] In the album's first charting week, Tesfaye became the first artist to lead the Billboard 200, Billboard Hot 100, Billboard Artist 100, Hot 100 Songwriters and Hot 100 Producers charts simultaneously. It was announced that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the masks will be donated to the relief fund. The couple were first seen together in May at Coachella[194][195] and Hadid later starred in his music video "In the Night" in December of the same year. ", "Is The Weeknd Dropping A New Album This Week? After initially trying to pitch the idea to musician Curtis Santiago, Rose played one of his instrumentals for Tesfaye, who freestyle rapped over it. The single later went on to top the chart, marking Tesfaye's first number-one single. J. D. Considine finds his singing's "tremulous quality" similar to Michael Jackson, but writes that he eschews Jackson's "strong basis in the blues" for a more Arabic-influenced melisma. From shaping contemporary R&B to overlooking his own XO label and fashion line, The Weeknd has become one of the biggest artists … in May 2016 due to Donald Trump being present. [161] Tesfaye worked mostly with producers Illangelo and Doc McKinney, whom Pitchfork's Ian Cohen credits with developing "a state-of-the-art R&B template" with the artist. Tesfaye has credited his stage name as being inspired by his high school drop-out status, claiming "after [he] left one weekend and never came home", though producer Jeremy Rose claims the name was his idea. [96] This was his first performance on the show as a solo artist, after appearing with Ariana Grande to perform "Love Me Harder". © 2020 Black Sands Media - All Rights Reserved. 1 song on the R&B side is The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights,” for a 15th straight week. The Weeknd first gained recognition in the underground R&B community after his 2011 debut mixtape House of Balloons. [53][54] He had also gained a nomination for the Sound of 2013 poll award by the BBC a week later. [135] The record debuted atop the US Billboard 200, earning 444,000 album-equivalent units of which 275,000 were in pure sales. [74][75] He occupied all three slots on Billboard's Hot R&B Songs chart simultaneously with the aforementioned singles, becoming the first artist in history to accomplish this. [227], In April 2020, Tesfaye relaunched his record label XO's popular line of non-medical cloth face masks in an effort to raise money for MusiCares Coronavirus Relief Fund, which is a campaign launched by the Grammys to help musicians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can hear it as far back as my first mixtape that the '80s -- Siouxsie and the Banshees, Cocteau Twins -- play such a huge role in my sound. Canadian singer Abel Tesfaye has paved his way towards creating a unique genre of music through his complex combination of dark melodies, blending alternative R&B with ‘80’s beats. [122] On April 18, 2019, Tesfaye released "Power Is Power" alongside SZA and Travis Scott, a song part of a series of music inspired by the television show Game of Thrones, of which Tesfaye himself is a fan. 5 Things You Should Know", "5 '80s & '90s Artists Who May Have Inspired The Weeknd's New Haircut", "The Weeknd Reveals How He Got His Name... 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[50] Trilogy charted at number four on the U.S. ITS OUT EVERYWHERE LINK IN BIO. [31][32] The mixtape included production from Canadian producers Illangelo and Doc McKinney, and included the tracks produced by Rose, although, he did not receive production credits. [14][15] He is the only child of Makkonen and Samra Tesfaye, who were Ethiopian immigrants to Canada in the late 1980s. [87] It was reported to be the most-streamed album throughout 2015, with over 60 million,[88] as well as being ranked on multiple lists concerned with detailing albums of the year. [229], In the context of media outlets reporting cases of police brutality, in 2016, he expressed disdain, tweeting "blue lives murder". [148] Tesfaye took to his social media to criticize the Recording Academy, claiming corruption. [188][189] They released another collection in January 2020. [138] After Hours had a second consecutive week at number one on the Hot 100 Songwriters chart (April 2020), due to five entries on the latest Billboard Hot 100 (singles), all of which he co-wrote and co-produced. The Weeknd's music is really inspired by Ethiopia. With Starboy, The Weeknd completely entered the mainstream, taking his fans by surprise with an upbeat album unlike ever before. To be clear, voting in all categories ended well before The Weeknd's performance at the Super Bowl was announced, so in no way could it have affected the nomination process. 9", "The Weeknd Tops Hot 100 With 'Can't Feel My Face,' One Direction Debuts at No. Find The Weeknd bio, music, credits, awards, & streaming links on AllMusic - Alias of alternative R&B enigma-turned-pop star… [181] Tesfaye collaborated with H&M again for a fall collection, however, after an incident which he described as "deeply offensive" in 2018, he cut ties with the company. I was surprised and can empathize with what he's feeling. [78] During the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, Apple debuted a two-part promotional commercial featuring Tesfaye, which had a guest appearance from John Travolta. The harmony he creates between his signature dark, synthetic sound and his more fast-paced, mainstream melodies creates a perfect blur of traditional and contemporary genres, perhaps best categorized as alternative R&B. have taken an indie-rock, Kurt Cobain inspired sledgehammer to the game. 3 High", "The Weeknd Sets 'After Hours' Release Date, Shares Dark Title Track: Listen", "The Weeknd Debuts New Song, Appears in Sketch on SNL", "Listen to the Weeknd's New Album After Hours", "The Weeknd's 'After Hours' Debuts at No. They moved in together temporarily in September 2017,[198][199] but broke up a month later in October 2017. [203], Tesfaye often used drugs to help get over writer's block on earlier albums and also abused illegal substances such as "... Ketamine, cocaine, MDMA, mushrooms and cough syrup". The campaign would feature new collaborative pieces developed with the singer's brand, and was released on March 2, 2017. [129] The single "Heartless" went on to debut at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 and later became his fourth number one single on the chart, the following week. [130] The second single "Blinding Lights" went on to debut at number 11 on Billboard Hot 100 the same week "Heartless" topped it, fell to number 52 in its second week, and then after a long climb reached number one on the chart on the issue dated April 4, 2020. [42] While promoting his third album Starboy, Tesfaye also revealed Lana Del Rey,[165] David Bowie,[166] The Smiths, Bad Brains, Talking Heads, DeBarge,[167] 50 Cent, the Wu-Tang Clan,[168] and Eminem as influences.[169]. On February 2, 2018, it was released as the soundtrack's third single. 1 on Hot 100 'Again,' Selena Gomez Debuts at No. We were thrilled when we found out he would be performing at the upcoming Super Bowl and we would have loved to have him also perform on the Grammy stage the weekend before. Rose produced three songs – "What You Need", "Loft Music", and "The Morning" – and others that Tesfaye had rapped on, which were ultimately scrapped. [61], Tesfaye appeared on the 20/20 Experience World Tour, joining headline act Justin Timberlake for six shows. [202] It has been reported that the two were in touch once more, nine months after the split. [182] In May 2017, Tesfaye had a limited edition pop up sale for the "Starboy 2017 Limited Capsule Collection". Noted for his falsetto and eccentric music style, Tesfaye is recognized for heavily influencing contemporary R&B and multiple artists. Abel achieves the complicated task of merging nihilistic themes of drugs and despair with synth-pop, his music a shadow reminiscent of a party you shouldn’t be at. [210][211] Despite having worked in the Trump International Hotel and Tower (renamed by 2017) in Toronto,[212] Tesfaye and Belly cancelled an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! [234] Five days later, it was reported to have drawn in 2 million viewers and raised over $350,000 for the non-profit organization. [17] Tesfaye often sings in a falsetto register,[157] exhibiting an enticing tone. [1] Noted for his falsetto and eccentric music style,[2][3] Tesfaye is recognized for heavily influencing contemporary R&B and multiple artists. Unfortunately, every year, there are fewer nominations than the number of deserving artists. It also debuted at number five on the Canadian Albums Chart, with similar sales. [109] He was featured on French Montana's "A Lie", the third single from his second album Jungle Rules and on Cashmere Cat's debut single "Wild Love" from his album 9. [117] On June 6, 2018, the Weeknd announced his new Beats 1 radio show Memento Mori, which's first episode was released two days later. In Abel’s 2020 album After Hours, the final manifestation of the hedonistic persona he started building since his first mixtape was revealed. During the concert, which lasted more than 80 minutes, The Weeknd covered R&B, rap, electronica and mainstream pop numbers. The NFL was a $16B revenue generating enterprise in 2019, even after four years of … [139] In April 2020, Tesfaye announced he would be co-writing and starring in an upcoming episode of American Dad!, which later premiered on May 4, 2020. Here, he set the foundation for his signature dark, intoxicating sound by fusing genres of music. [12][13], Abel Makkonen Tesfaye was born on February 16, 1990 in Toronto, Ontario, and was raised in Scarborough. [37], Tesfaye refrained from participating in interviews, choosing to communicate via Twitter, after the album was released. With a new hairdo and without ex-girlfriend Bella Hadid at his side, The Weeknd released Starboy, an album that surpassed all expectations and revamped the genre of R&B after Beauty Behind the Madness. [151], Tesfaye cites Michael Jackson, Prince, and R. Kelly as his main musical inspirations. His debut studio album, Kiss Land, was released in 2013. [106], In 2017, Tesfaye appeared on Future's sixth studio album,[107] as well as on the debut single from Nav, who was signed by XO in January. His central sound since his first mixtape House of Balloons has been complicated, best described as a moody blend of alternative R&B with old-school dream pop. The latter proved to be the second lead single from the soundtrack.[63][64]. [57] The album was later promoted by the singles "Belong to the World" and "Live For" featuring Drake, as well as with Tesfaye embarking on The Fall tour a week prior to the album's release.