The Weeknd (Canadian R&B singer)

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Legal name: Abel Makkonen Tesfaye


Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), known professionally as the Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. Noted for his versatility in vocal style, music production, and eccentric presentation, the Weeknd is often cited as an influence to contemporary music, as well as by other artists.

The Weeknd began his recording career in 2010, anonymously uploading several songs to YouTube. A year later, the Weeknd released the mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, and quickly earned a following and critical recognition from several mainstream publications due to his dark style of R&B and the mystique surrounding his identity. In 2012, he signed with Republic Records and re-released the mixtapes in the compilation album Trilogy (2012). His debut studio album, Kiss Land, was released in 2013. He followed it with Beauty Behind the Madness (2015), which was among the best-selling albums of 2015. With the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills", Beauty Behind the Madness won Best Urban Contemporary Album and was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2016 Grammy Awards.

The Weeknd's third album Starboy (2016) was a similar commercial success and included the number-one single of the same name, and also won Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards. His fourth album, After Hours (2020), featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Heartless" and "Blinding Lights", the latter of which has since become the first ever song to spend over a year in the top ten of the chart.

Among the world's best-selling music artists with over 75 million records sold, the Weeknd has won three Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, and nine Juno Awards, and has been nominated for an Academy Award. He holds several chart records, being the first artist to simultaneously hold the top three positions on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart with "Can't Feel My Face", "Earned It", and "The Hills". He was awarded the Allan Slaight Award by Canada's Walk of Fame.

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2013Kiss LandThe Weeknd44
2015Beauty Behind the MadnessThe Weeknd48
2016StarboyThe Weeknd3.6519
2020After HoursThe Weeknd523

Album + Compilation

2012TrilogyThe Weeknd4.652
2018The Weeknd in JapanThe Weeknd1
2021The HighlightsThe Weeknd4

Album + DJ-mix

2014The OverdoseThe Weeknd21

Album + Mixtape/Street

2011House of BalloonsThe Weeknd4.56
2011ThursdayThe Weeknd34
2011Echoes of SilenceThe Weeknd43


2012Wicked Games (Video Version)The Weeknd4.52
2012The ZoneThe Weeknd feat. Drake1
2013One of Those NightsJuicy J feat. The Weeknd41
2013Kiss LandThe Weeknd1
2013Belong to the WorldThe Weeknd1
2014WanderlustThe Weeknd2
2014King of the FallThe Weeknd3
2014OftenThe Weeknd51
2015The HillsThe Weeknd52
2015Can't Feel My FaceThe Weeknd51
2015Might NotBelly feat. The Weeknd1
2016Low LifeFuture feat. The Weeknd1
2016Wild LoveCashmere Cat feat. The Weeknd & Francis and the Lights1
2016StarboyThe Weeknd feat. Daft Punk1
2016False AlarmThe Weeknd1
2016I Feel It ComingThe Weeknd feat. Daft Punk1
2016Party MonsterThe Weeknd1
2017Legend of the FallNorthern Lights feat. The Weeknd1
2017Lust for LifeLana Del Rey feat. The Weeknd1
2018Call Out My NameThe Weeknd1
2019Lost in the FireGesaffelstein & The Weeknd1
2019HeartlessThe Weeknd53
2019Blinding LightsThe Weeknd6
2020After HoursThe Weeknd2
2020SmileJuice WRLD with The Weeknd1
2020Over NowCalvin Harris & The Weeknd2

Single + Remix

2013Remember You (remix)Manny X & The Weeknd1
2014Or Nah (remix)Ty Dolla $ign feat. The Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa & DJ Mustard1
2015The Hills RemixesThe Weeknd2
2015The Hills (Echos remix)The Weeknd feat. Echos1
2015Can't Feel My Face (Martin Garrix remix)The Weeknd1
2015The Hills (RL Grime remix)The Weeknd1
2015The Hills (Daniel Ennis remix)The Weeknd1
2015Often (Kygo remix)The Weeknd1
2016Prisoner (Tomsize remix)The Weeknd feat. Lana Del Rey1
2016Nocturnal (Disclosure V.I.P.)Disclosure feat. The Weeknd2
2016Starboy (Kygo remix)The Weeknd & Daft Punk1
2017Reminder (remix)The Weeknd feat. A$AP Rocky & Young Thug2
2017Lust for Life (BloodPop® remix)Lana Del Rey feat. The Weeknd1
2017Lust for Life (The Avener rework)Lana Del Rey feat. The Weeknd1
2020Blinding Lights (Major Lazer remix)The Weeknd2
2020In Your Eyes (remix)The Weeknd1
2020In Your Eyes (remix)The Weeknd feat. Kenny G2
2020Hawái (remix)Maluma & The Weeknd1
2020Blinding Lights (remix)The Weeknd with ROSALÍA3

Single + Soundtrack

2013Elastic HeartSia feat. The Weeknd & Diplo1
2014Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)The Weeknd1
2018Pray for MeThe Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar3


2018My Dear Melancholy,The Weeknd45

EP + Remix

2020After Hours (remixes)The Weeknd5

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