The Weeknd (Canadian R&B singer)

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Legal name: Abel Makkonen Tesfaye

Wikipedia

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), known professionally as the Weeknd, is a Canadian singer-songwriter and record producer. Known for his sonic versatility and dark lyricism, his music explores escapism, romance, and melancholia, and is often inspired by personal experiences. He has received numerous accolades, including four Grammy Awards, 19 Billboard Music Awards, 15 Juno Awards, six American Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, and an Academy Award nomination.

Born and raised in Toronto, Tesfaye began his music 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 quickly 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 major critical and commercial success with his pop-leaning second studio album Beauty Behind the Madness (2015). It became his first number-one project in the US, and is one of the year's best-selling albums. With the US Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping 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. His trap-infused third studio album Starboy (2016) saw similar commercial success and included the US number-one single of the same name. Like its predecessor, the album 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 studio album Dawn FM (2022) included the US top-ten single "Take My Breath", and "Sacrifice".

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 artist to simultaneously debut on the top three on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, while "Blinding Lights" is the longest-charting song in Billboard history. Often considered as a prominent figure in contemporary popular music, Tesfaye was listed by Time magazine as one of the world's most influential people in 2020. An advocate for racial equality and food security, he was appointed a World Food Programme Goodwill Ambassador in 2021.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2013Kiss LandThe Weeknd413
2015Beauty Behind the MadnessThe Weeknd412
2016StarboyThe Weeknd3.6518
2020After HoursThe Weeknd523
2022Dawn FMThe Weeknd27

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2012TrilogyThe Weeknd4.652
2018The Weeknd in JapanThe Weeknd1
2021The HighlightsThe Weeknd10

Album + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2015Apple Music Festival: London 2015 (video album)The Weeknd1

Album + DJ-mix

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2014The OverdoseThe Weeknd21

Album + Mixtape/Street

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

Single

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2012Remember YouWiz Khalifa feat. The Weeknd2
2012Wicked GamesThe Weeknd4.52
2012The ZoneThe Weeknd feat. Drake1
2013One of Those NightsJuicy J feat. The Weeknd41
2013Kiss LandThe Weeknd2
2013Belong to the WorldThe Weeknd1
2014WanderlustThe Weeknd2
2014King of the FallThe Weeknd3
2014OftenThe Weeknd51
2014OftenThe Weeknd1
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
2016StarboyThe Weeknd ft. Daft Punk41
2016False AlarmThe Weeknd1
2016I Feel It ComingThe Weeknd ft. Daft Punk1
2016Party MonsterThe Weeknd1
2017Legend of the FallNorthern Lights feat. The Weeknd1
2017Lust for LifeLana Del Rey feat. The Weeknd3
2017Down LowThe Weeknd1
2019Lost in the FireGesaffelstein & The Weeknd1
2019HeartlessThe Weeknd53
2019Blinding LightsThe Weeknd6
2020After HoursThe Weeknd2
2020SmileJuice WRLD & The Weeknd1
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 Baby1
2021Moth to a FlameSwedish House Mafia with The Weeknd4
2021One Right NowPost Malone and The Weeknd6
2021LA FAMAROSALÍA ft. The Weeknd1
2021tears in the clubFKA twigs feat. The Weeknd2
2021PoisonAaliyah & The Weeknd1

Single + Soundtrack

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2013Elastic HeartSia featuring The Weeknd & Diplo1
2014Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)The Weeknd2
2018Pray for MeThe Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar4

Single + Remix

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2013Remember You (remix)Manny X & 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 Grande3
2022Moth To A Flame (Chris Lake remix)Swedish House Mafia with The Weeknd2
2022Take My Breath [MORIS BLAK remix]The Weeknd1

EP

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2018My Dear Melancholy,The Weeknd3.156

EP + Remix

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2020After Hours (remixes)The Weeknd6
2022Out of Time: Remix BundleThe Weeknd3

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