The Weeknd (Canadian R&B singer)

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Legal name: Abel Makkonen Tesfaye


Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), professionally known as the Weeknd, is a Canadian singer and songwriter. A prominent figure in contemporary popular music, he is noted for his unconventional music production, artistic reinventions, and his signature use of the falsetto register. His accolades include 4 Grammy Awards, 20 Billboard Music Awards, 22 Juno Awards, 6 American Music Awards, 2 MTV Video Music Awards, a Latin Grammy Award, and nominations for an Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy Award.

Born and raised in Toronto, Tesfaye began his career in 2009 by anonymously releasing music on YouTube. Two years later, he co-founded the XO record label and released the mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence, which gained recognition for his style of contemporary and alternative R&B and the mystique surrounding his identity. In 2012, he signed with Republic Records and rereleased the mixtapes in the compilation album Trilogy. He explored dark wave in his debut studio album Kiss Land (2013), which debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200. After its release, Tesfaye began contributing to film soundtracks, with his acclaimed single "Earned It" from Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) winning the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance, while also being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Tesfaye earned critical and commercial success with his pop-leaning second album Beauty Behind the Madness (2015), which reached number one in the US, contained the US Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles "Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills", and won the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album and was nominated for Album of the Year. His trap-infused third studio album Starboy (2016) saw similar commercial success and included the US number-one single of the same name and "Die For You", and won the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. Tesfaye explored new wave and dream pop with his critically acclaimed fourth studio album After Hours (2020), which featured the chart record-setting single "Blinding Lights" and the US number-one singles "Heartless" and "Save Your Tears". His dance-pop inspired fifth album Dawn FM (2022) included the US top-ten single "Take My Breath" and moderately successfully singles "Sacrifice", "Out of Time", and "Less than Zero".

Among the world's best-selling music artists with over 75 million records sold, Tesfaye holds several streaming and Billboard chart records. He is the first Canadian artist to earn four diamond-certified singles from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), as well as the first artist to simultaneously hold the top three spots on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. "Blinding Lights" became the most-streamed song in Spotify history, and is the longest charting song in the Billboard Hot 100's history. Tesfaye was listed by Time as one of the world's most influential people in 2020, and was dubbed the "world's most popular artist" by Guinness World Records in 2023. An advocate for racial equality and food security, he was appointed a World Food Programme Goodwill Ambassador in 2021.

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2013Kiss LandThe Weeknd4.6515
2015Beauty Behind the MadnessThe Weeknd4.512
2016StarboyThe Weeknd4.1524
2020After HoursThe Weeknd524
2022Dawn FMThe Weeknd4.238

Album + Compilation

2012TrilogyThe Weeknd4.653
2018The Weeknd in JapanThe Weeknd51
2021The HighlightsThe Weeknd11

Album + Soundtrack

2023The Idol, Vol. 1The Weeknd1

Album + Live

2015Apple Music Festival: London 2015 (video album)The Weeknd1
2022The Dawn FM ExperienceThe Weeknd1
2023Live at SoFi StadiumThe Weeknd4

Album + DJ-mix

2014The OverdoseThe Weeknd21

Album + Mixtape/Street

2011House of BalloonsThe Weeknd4.57
2011ThursdayThe Weeknd37
2011Echoes of SilenceThe Weeknd45


2012Crew LoveDrake feat. The Weeknd1
2012Remember YouWiz Khalifa feat. The Weeknd52
2012Wicked GamesThe Weeknd4.52
2012Twenty EightThe Weeknd1
2012The ZoneThe Weeknd feat. Drake1
2013One of Those NightsJuicy J feat. The Weeknd41
2013Kiss LandThe Weeknd2
2013Belong to the WorldThe Weeknd1
2013Love In The SkyThe Weeknd1
2014WanderlustThe Weeknd2
2014King of the FallThe Weeknd3
2014OftenThe Weeknd52
2015The HillsThe Weeknd52
2015Can’t Feel My FaceThe Weeknd51
2015Might NotBelly feat. The Weeknd1
2016Low LifeFuture & The Weeknd1
2016Wild LoveCashmere Cat feat. The Weeknd & Francis and the Lights1
2016WonderfulTravis Scott feat. The Weeknd1
2016StarboyThe Weeknd ft. Daft Punk41
2016False AlarmThe Weeknd1
2016I Feel It ComingThe Weeknd ft. Daft Punk1
2016Party MonsterThe Weeknd1
2017Some WayNAV feat. The Weeknd1
2017Legend of the FallNorthern Lights feat. The Weeknd1
2017Lust for LifeLana Del Rey feat. The Weeknd3
2017Down LowThe Weeknd1
2017A LieFrench Montana feat. The Weeknd & Max B1
2019Lost in the FireGesaffelstein & The Weeknd1
2019Power Is PowerSZA, The Weeknd & Travis Scott1
2019HeartlessThe Weeknd53
2019Blinding LightsThe Weeknd6
2020After HoursThe Weeknd2
2020I’m a VirginThe Weeknd51
2020SmileJuice WRLD & The Weeknd2
2020Over NowCalvin Harris & The Weeknd2
2021You RightDoja Cat & The Weeknd1
2021Better BelieveBelly, The Weeknd & Young Thug2
2021Take My BreathThe Weeknd4
2021HurricaneKanye West feat. The Weeknd & Lil Baby51
2021Moth to a FlameSwedish House Mafia with The Weeknd14
2021One Right NowPost Malone and The Weeknd56
2021LA FAMAROSALÍA ft. The Weeknd1
2021tears in the clubFKA twigs feat. The Weeknd52
2021PoisonAaliyah & The Weeknd1
2022Die for YouThe Weeknd4
SacrificeThe Weeknd0

Single + Soundtrack

2013Elastic HeartSia featuring The Weeknd & Diplo1
2014Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)The Weeknd52
2018Pray for MeThe Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar44
2023Double FantasyThe Weeknd ft. Future59
2023PopularThe Weeknd, Madonna & Playboi Carti58

Single + Live

2016The Hills (Live From The BRITs)The Weeknd1

Single + Remix

2013Remember You (remix)Manny X & The Weeknd1
2014Drunk in Love (remix)The Weeknd1
2014Or Nah (remix)Ty Dolla $ign feat. The Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa & DJ Mustard1
2015Often (Kygo remix)The Weeknd1
2015The Hills (remixes)The Weeknd3
2015The Hills (Echos remix)The Weeknd1
2015Can't Feel My Face (Martin Garrix remix)The Weeknd1
2015The Hills (RL Grime remix)The Weeknd1
2015The Hills (Daniel Ennis remix)The Weeknd1
2016Nocturnal (Disclosure V.I.P.)Disclosure feat. The Weeknd2
2016Starboy (Kygo remix)The Weeknd & Daft Punk1
2017Reminder (remix)The Weeknd featuring Young Thug & A$AP Rocky3
2017Lust for Life (BloodPop® remix)Lana Del Rey feat. The Weeknd3
2017Lust for Life (The Avener rework)Lana Del Rey feat. The Weeknd3
2020Blinding Lights (Major Lazer remix)The Weeknd2
2020In Your Eyes (remix)The Weeknd feat. Doja Cat4
2020In Your Eyes (remix)The Weeknd feat. Kenny G3
2020Hawái (remix)Maluma & The Weeknd1
2020Blinding Lights (remix)The Weeknd with ROSALÍA3
2021Save Your Tears (remix)The Weeknd & Ariana Grande53
2022Moth to a Flame (Chris Lake remix)Swedish House Mafia with The Weeknd2
2022Take My Breath (MORIS BLAK remix)The Weeknd1
2022Out of Time (remix bundle)The Weeknd3
2022Starry Eyes (MIKE DEAN remix)The Weeknd2
2022Dawn FM (OPN remix)The Weeknd3
2022How Do I Make You Love Me? (Sebastian Ingrosso & Salvatore Ganacci remix)The Weeknd4
2022Best Friends (remix)The Weeknd feat. Summer Walker52
2023Die for You (remix)The Weeknd & Ariana Grande3


2018My Dear Melancholy,The Weeknd3.156

EP + Remix

2020After Hours (remixes)The Weeknd6

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