- 🇨🇦 Toronto, Ontario
- Years Active
2010 - Now
The Weeknd is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer who was born on February 16, 1990, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, but he performs under the stage name The Weeknd.
The Weeknd gained popularity in the early 2010s with his mixtapes, which he released independently online. His unique sound, which blended elements of R&B, soul, and electronic music, quickly gained him a large following and critical acclaim. In 2011, he released his debut album, "House of Balloons," which was followed by two more albums, "Thursday" and "Echoes of Silence," all released in the same year.
The Weeknd's mainstream breakthrough came in 2015 with the release of his album "Beauty Behind the Madness," which featured hit singles such as "Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills." He has since released several more successful albums, including "Starboy" and "After Hours," and has collaborated with numerous other artists, including Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, and Daft Punk.
The Weeknd's music often explores themes of love, sex, and drugs, and he is known for his distinctive falsetto singing style. He has won several awards throughout his career, including three Grammy Awards, and he has been praised for his boundary-pushing approach to R&B and pop music.