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Abel Makkonen Tesfaye born February 16, , known professionally as the Weeknd , is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. In , the Weeknd signed with Republic Records , and re-released the mixtapes as part of the compilation album Trilogy His debut studio album, Kiss Land , was released in He followed the album with Beauty Behind the Madness , which was among the best-selling albums of His fourth album, After Hours , featured the number-one singles " Heartless " and " Blinding Lights ". One of the most successful Canadian recording artists, the Weeknd 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". Tesfaye was raised by his grandmother and mother after his parents split up. I don't even know where he lived — I'd see him for, like, a night. I'm sure he's a great guy. I never judged him.
The best Weeknd songs reveal how that happened. Tesfaye threw his hat in the ring in , and his voice fit the track like a glove. The black-and-white music video lends narrative to the loneliness as well, with The Weeknd singing to the camera with a mostly barren background. The moments between night and morning seem to be a blur, marked by ambiguous lyrics and braggadocious references. The lifestyle may be out of our element but, for him, this is just another day. The song hit No. This Grammy-winning single took the radio by storm in The accompanying NSFW visual both matched the provocative film and intensely carnal nature of the song.
The Canadian began his career by uploading his music anonymously to YouTube, quickly gaining him both a loyal following and a air of mystique around his identity. Now one of the most-streamed artists in the world currently at 1. The Weeknd's biggest song in the UK is Starboy with 1. The title track from his third album, which seamlessly blends his dark lyrics with radio-friendly melodies, saw the star score a rare collaboration with Daft Punk, and the results were huge: a Number 2 hit in the UK and 15 weeks in the Top Starboy is one of five songs by The Weeknd to top over 1 million chart sales: Top 5 hit from The Hills is his second biggest song 1. The third single from his first and currently only Number 1 album Beauty Behind The Madness is The Weeknd at his most pop-friendly, teaming up with super-producer Max Martin. The seductive track was recorded for the first Fifth Shades Of Grey film - a perfect match for his dark, sexed-up image - and has 1. Elsewhere in The Weeknd's all-time Top 20, Blinding Lights already places in the upper reaches in sixth k , while Often, released in , ranks seventh despite missing the Top