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Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), known professionally as the Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. Noted for his distinctive singing voice with a soaring falsetto and its singular tremolo, Tesfaye is considered an influential figure in contemporary popular music. He has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including three Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, nineteen Billboard Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, fifteen Juno Awards, and an Academy Award nomination.

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Tesfaye began his recording career in 2009 by anonymously releasing music on YouTube. Two years later, he co-founded the XO record label and released the critically acclaimed mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence. He quickly earned a following and recognition from several mainstream publications due to his dark style of contemporary R&B and the mystique surrounding his identity. In 2012, Tesfaye signed with Republic Records and re-released the mixtapes in the compilation album Trilogy. His debut studio album Kiss Land was released in 2013. His critically acclaimed single "Earned It", from the soundtrack to the film Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance and was nominated for Best Original Song at the 88th Academy Awards.

Tesfaye gained major critical and commercial success with his second studio album Beauty Behind the Madness (2015). It topped the US Billboard 200 and was among the best-selling albums of that year. With the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills", Beauty Behind the Madness won the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album and was nominated for Album of the Year. Tesfaye's third studio album Starboy (2016) was a similar commercial success and included the number-one single of the same name. Starboy also won the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. His fourth studio album After Hours (2020) featured the worldwide chart record-setting single "Blinding Lights", and the number-one singles "Heartless" and "Save Your Tears".

Among the world's best selling musical artists with over 75 million records sold, Tesfaye is also one of the most-streamed artists on Spotify. His single "Blinding Lights" was the most streamed song on Spotify in 2020. He holds several Billboard chart records; which include being the first artist to simultaneously hold the top three spots on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Can't Feel My Face", "Earned It", and "The Hills", and for having the longest-charting song of all time with "Blinding Lights". In 2020, Tesfaye was listed by Time as one of the world's most influential people.

quote by The Weeknd: My production and songwriting and the environment around those vocals are not inspired by RandB at all. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

My production and songwriting and the environment around those vocals are not inspired by RandB at all.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I was everything an RandB singer wasn't. I wasn't in shape. I wasn't a pretty boy. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I was everything an RandB singer wasn't. I wasn't in shape. I wasn't a pretty boy.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I'm a studio rat. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I'm a studio rat.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I feel like I'm changing pop culture. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I feel like I'm changing pop culture.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I want to produce the music to a movie that I'm working on, like what Prince did with 'Purple Rain.' with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I want to produce the music to a movie that I'm working on, like what Prince did with 'Purple Rain.'

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Nothing feels better than going onstage and everybody is singing every word -- and actually wanting to see you. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Nothing feels better than going onstage and everybody is singing every word -- and actually wanting to see you.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: When you come to my show, I want it to feel like opera, like a theatre. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

When you come to my show, I want it to feel like opera, like a theatre.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I love trying new things. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I love trying new things.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I couldn't ever go back home without being something. I probably would never have gone back home. That was definitely a big motivation. To get back home, and not empty-handed. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I couldn't ever go back home without being something. I probably would never have gone back home. That was definitely a big motivation. To get back home, and not empty-handed.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Literally wrote 'Starboy' in 30 minutes. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Literally wrote 'Starboy' in 30 minutes.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: When I was born, that was the music my mother was listening to. Michael Jackson is a third parent to me. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

When I was born, that was the music my mother was listening to. Michael Jackson is a third parent to me.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: The effect of music on fashion has been immense, especially hip-hop and urban music. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

The effect of music on fashion has been immense, especially hip-hop and urban music.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Going home helps the content. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Going home helps the content.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I always use Michael as, first and foremost, a vocal inspiration, and 'Off the Wall' was definitely the one that made me feel like I could sing. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I always use Michael as, first and foremost, a vocal inspiration, and 'Off the Wall' was definitely the one that made me feel like I could sing.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I feel like I'm the kind of guy that would have kids before getting married. The first thing would be kids. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I feel like I'm the kind of guy that would have kids before getting married. The first thing would be kids.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Me not finishing school -- in my head, I still have this insecurity when I'm talking to someone educated. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Me not finishing school -- in my head, I still have this insecurity when I'm talking to someone educated.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: 'Eastern Promises' is great. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

'Eastern Promises' is great.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: The game is changing with songs like 'Earned It' as opposed to it changing me. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

The game is changing with songs like 'Earned It' as opposed to it changing me.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: People always say when they meet me that I'm not what they expect. I assume they think I'm this super dark and depressing guy, but I like to channel all of those emotions into my work. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

People always say when they meet me that I'm not what they expect. I assume they think I'm this super dark and depressing guy, but I like to channel all of those emotions into my work.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: A chorus is not easy. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

A chorus is not easy.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Even though I've been putting out bodies of work for years, 'Beauty Behind the Madness' felt like the beginning. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Even though I've been putting out bodies of work for years, 'Beauty Behind the Madness' felt like the beginning.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: The Internet, man, is a beautiful thing. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

The Internet, man, is a beautiful thing.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I just love Bowie. I think he's the ultimate inventor. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I just love Bowie. I think he's the ultimate inventor.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I want to make pop cool again, and the only way I can do that is by being ambitious and grand. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I want to make pop cool again, and the only way I can do that is by being ambitious and grand.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Alternative RandB is in my soul. It's not going anywhere. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Alternative RandB is in my soul. It's not going anywhere.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Marriage is scary to me, man. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Marriage is scary to me, man.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: To be recognized for the hard work my team and I put into 'Starboy' is an honor. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

To be recognized for the hard work my team and I put into 'Starboy' is an honor.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I'm all about evolution. I'm the first person to judge myself. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I'm all about evolution. I'm the first person to judge myself.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I don't think I'd ever apologise for music I make, no. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I don't think I'd ever apologise for music I make, no.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Bragging just sounds good, man. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Bragging just sounds good, man.

--The Weeknd



quote by The Weeknd: I just want to keep pushing the envelope without it feeling forced. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I just want to keep pushing the envelope without it feeling forced.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I didn't have a father figure in the house. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I didn't have a father figure in the house.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I want to be remembered as iconic and different. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I want to be remembered as iconic and different.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I don't believe in icons. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I don't believe in icons.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: 'Kiss Land' is like a horror movie. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

'Kiss Land' is like a horror movie.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I've had sleep paralysis. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I've had sleep paralysis.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I'm a huge fan of R. Kelly's. He's a musical genius and probably the most prolific artist of the generation before mine. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I'm a huge fan of R. Kelly's. He's a musical genius and probably the most prolific artist of the generation before mine.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: The last thing you want is to not be recognized for all of the hard work you put in. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

The last thing you want is to not be recognized for all of the hard work you put in.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: For the chorus of 'Secrets,' we used The Romantics' 'Talking in Your Sleep' and 'Pale Shelter' by Tears for Fears. It's like hip-hop: just grab it. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

For the chorus of 'Secrets,' we used The Romantics' 'Talking in Your Sleep' and 'Pale Shelter' by Tears for Fears. It's like hip-hop: just grab it.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Nothing is stopping me from doing what I love to do. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Nothing is stopping me from doing what I love to do.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I'm all about surprises. If you watch a horror movie, and it's called 'Kiss Land,' it's probably going to be the most terrifying thing you've ever seen in your life. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I'm all about surprises. If you watch a horror movie, and it's called 'Kiss Land,' it's probably going to be the most terrifying thing you've ever seen in your life.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Taylor Swift's audience can listen to me, but so can the street kids. I want to touch it all. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Taylor Swift's audience can listen to me, but so can the street kids. I want to touch it all.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I feel like the way I was raised was to be able to see through all the titles in this world -- from religion to race. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I feel like the way I was raised was to be able to see through all the titles in this world -- from religion to race.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I wanted to drop three albums in a year because no one had done it. It was bold, unheard of. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I wanted to drop three albums in a year because no one had done it. It was bold, unheard of.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: It's hard to wrap my head around the fact that there are people who can't or won't see what Black Lives Matter is trying to accomplish. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

It's hard to wrap my head around the fact that there are people who can't or won't see what Black Lives Matter is trying to accomplish.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I know you've been trying to get a hold of me, but I can barely get a hold of myself. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I know you've been trying to get a hold of me, but I can barely get a hold of myself.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Thanks to my fans that have been with me from the beginning, I was able to sell out arenas on my own. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Thanks to my fans that have been with me from the beginning, I was able to sell out arenas on my own.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I sang a lot of low stuff on songs like 'Secrets' and 'Rockin',' almost like Toni Braxton. On 'Secrets,' I'm a different person. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I sang a lot of low stuff on songs like 'Secrets' and 'Rockin',' almost like Toni Braxton. On 'Secrets,' I'm a different person.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I knew the second I finished the first record -- 'House Of Balloons' -- and had all this material leftover that a trilogy would be best. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I knew the second I finished the first record -- 'House Of Balloons' -- and had all this material leftover that a trilogy would be best.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: 'House of Balloons' was actually supposed to have more songs than it does. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

'House of Balloons' was actually supposed to have more songs than it does.

--The Weeknd

quote by The Weeknd: For me, bomber jackets are smart, but they are also street and have a lot of attitude. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

For me, bomber jackets are smart, but they are also street and have a lot of attitude.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Image, lyrics, content, storytelling, cohesive body of work -- that's Prince to me. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Image, lyrics, content, storytelling, cohesive body of work -- that's Prince to me.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I wrote a song with Ed Sheeran that was kind of spontaneous. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I wrote a song with Ed Sheeran that was kind of spontaneous.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: The whole 'enigmatic artist' thing, I just ran with it. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

The whole 'enigmatic artist' thing, I just ran with it.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I've been singing my whole life. I'd randomly sing in the hallways at high school, and all my friends would be like, 'You should sing on 'Canadian Idol'! It definitely gassed me! with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I've been singing my whole life. I'd randomly sing in the hallways at high school, and all my friends would be like, 'You should sing on 'Canadian Idol'! It definitely gassed me!

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Once youve changed who you are or who youve portrayed in your music, the fans, theyll catch it... Once I feel like the world knows me for anything else but my music, then I feel like I failed. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Once youve changed who you are or who youve portrayed in your music, the fans, theyll catch it... Once I feel like the world knows me for anything else but my music, then I feel like I failed.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: They asked me why I don't quit drinking, I told 'em I'm not a quitter. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

They asked me why I don't quit drinking, I told 'em I'm not a quitter.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: You know me, but you don't know me. I give you what I want to give you. I relate to villains like that -- but I'm not out to destroy the world. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

You know me, but you don't know me. I give you what I want to give you. I relate to villains like that -- but I'm not out to destroy the world.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I spend just as much time on how people hear my music as I do the actual music, no matter how long it takes. I'm such a visual artist as well that it always goes hand-in-hand. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I spend just as much time on how people hear my music as I do the actual music, no matter how long it takes. I'm such a visual artist as well that it always goes hand-in-hand.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: In the beginning, I was very insecure. I hated how I looked in pictures. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

In the beginning, I was very insecure. I hated how I looked in pictures.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I get naturally uncomfortable when I'm put under a magnifying glass. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I get naturally uncomfortable when I'm put under a magnifying glass.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: What does it mean when your heart's already numb? You're a professional. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

What does it mean when your heart's already numb? You're a professional.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: My purpose is to make exciting music, and I feel like I'll be doing that for the rest of my life, so there's no pressure. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

My purpose is to make exciting music, and I feel like I'll be doing that for the rest of my life, so there's no pressure.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: You aren't normal if you sing to people. You aren't a normal person. It's nerve-racking. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

You aren't normal if you sing to people. You aren't a normal person. It's nerve-racking.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Environment is very important to me. Sometimes I have to perform during the day for festivals, and my music does not work in the daytime. It is nighttime music. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Environment is very important to me. Sometimes I have to perform during the day for festivals, and my music does not work in the daytime. It is nighttime music.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: It's almost schizophrenic who I portray in my music. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

It's almost schizophrenic who I portray in my music.

--The Weeknd

quote by The Weeknd: My closet is like Bart Simpson's. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

My closet is like Bart Simpson's.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I just kept touring and touring until it became second nature to go onstage, perform, and sing. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I just kept touring and touring until it became second nature to go onstage, perform, and sing.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I'm too full to swallow my pride. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I'm too full to swallow my pride.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Happiness exist when you don't know a thing. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Happiness exist when you don't know a thing.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I wish I could make music about politics. I feel like it's such an art and a talent that I admire tremendously, but when I step into the studio, I step out of the real world, and it's therapeutic. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I wish I could make music about politics. I feel like it's such an art and a talent that I admire tremendously, but when I step into the studio, I step out of the real world, and it's therapeutic.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I probably could have toured off 'Trilogy' for the rest of my life. It definitely changed the culture. No one can do a trilogy again without thanking The Weeknd. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I probably could have toured off 'Trilogy' for the rest of my life. It definitely changed the culture. No one can do a trilogy again without thanking The Weeknd.

--The Weeknd

quote by The Weeknd: I've grown accustomed to hotels and drastic climate change. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I've grown accustomed to hotels and drastic climate change.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: The vibe on 'Starboy' comes from that hip-hop culture of braggadocio, from Wu-Tang and 50 Cent, the kind of music I listened to as a kid. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

The vibe on 'Starboy' comes from that hip-hop culture of braggadocio, from Wu-Tang and 50 Cent, the kind of music I listened to as a kid.

--The Weeknd

quote by The Weeknd: I'm trying to get to Mars before everyone else. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I'm trying to get to Mars before everyone else.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I was 14, and I fell in love with Pink Floyd. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I was 14, and I fell in love with Pink Floyd.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: My inspiration is R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, and Prince -- for the vocals, anyway. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

My inspiration is R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, and Prince -- for the vocals, anyway.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I feel like my singing is not conventional. I mean, if you look at technique, I'm not a technical singer. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I feel like my singing is not conventional. I mean, if you look at technique, I'm not a technical singer.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Some people are just born wack, you can't teach certain wackness. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Some people are just born wack, you can't teach certain wackness.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: I went from staring at the same four walls for 21 years to seeing the whole world in just 12 months. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

I went from staring at the same four walls for 21 years to seeing the whole world in just 12 months.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Staying in a hopeless and miserable situation doesn't make you loyal, it just makes you miserable. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Staying in a hopeless and miserable situation doesn't make you loyal, it just makes you miserable.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Straight to the top, rooftop glows. With a hand full of girls and they all so foreign. Brain so poisoned, rainbows flowing. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Straight to the top, rooftop glows. With a hand full of girls and they all so foreign. Brain so poisoned, rainbows flowing.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Make me remember you like you remember me. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Make me remember you like you remember me.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Once you learn to hit, teach yourself to never miss again. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Once you learn to hit, teach yourself to never miss again.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Ain't nobody gonna care enough to catch you fall. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Ain't nobody gonna care enough to catch you fall.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Be loyal to your own piece of mind. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Be loyal to your own piece of mind.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: For an Ethiopian mother, if you have a chubby kid, it means you're doing something good. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

For an Ethiopian mother, if you have a chubby kid, it means you're doing something good.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: From when I was born to when I was 21, I never left Toronto. That's why I'm such a city cat. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

From when I was born to when I was 21, I never left Toronto. That's why I'm such a city cat.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: Going to a therapist is not something you do when you're growing up as a street kid in Toronto. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

Going to a therapist is not something you do when you're growing up as a street kid in Toronto.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: We're all insecure, aren't we? I'm not walking around like I'm macho man or anything. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

We're all insecure, aren't we? I'm not walking around like I'm macho man or anything.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: The Joker is my favorite villain of all time: You don't know his past; you just know what his plans are. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

The Joker is my favorite villain of all time: You don't know his past; you just know what his plans are.

--The Weeknd
quote by The Weeknd: 'Thursday' is a conceptual album. Whatever that situation was, I spent the whole album focusing on that situation. with background image: photo of author The Weeknd with quote

'Thursday' is a conceptual album. Whatever that situation was, I spent the whole album focusing on that situation.

--The Weeknd

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