The Weeknd

Born 8 July 1990.

R&B singer

The Weeknd


Abel Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), known by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian PBR&B recording artist and record producer. In late 2010, Tesfaye anonymously uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name "The Weeknd". He released three nine-track mixtapes throughout 2011: House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, which were critically acclaimed. The following year, he released a compilation album, Trilogy, consisting of remastered versions of the mixtape material and three additional songs. It was released under Republic Records and his own label XO. In 2013, he released his debut studio album Kiss Land, which was supported by the singles "Kiss Land", and "Live For".

The Weeknd has received praise from several music publications, including Pitchfork, MTV, BET, Rolling Stone, XXL and The Source. MTV's John Norris has dubbed him the "songbird of his generation" and the "best musical talent since Michael Jackson".

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Links & Information

BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Trilogy

    Trilogy 2012

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Releases-to-date round-up that suggests The Weeknd may be a star of 2013.
  2. Review of Thursday

    Thursday 2011

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    File The Weeknd beside Frank Ocean as an RnB star set to climb to new heights in 2012.
  3. Review of House of Balloons

    House of Balloons 2011

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    A startling debut from a young Canadian RnB artist with huge potential.
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