The Weeknd

Who is The Weeknd?

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. Noted for his distinctive singing voice with a soaring falsetto and its singular tremolo, Tesfaye is considered an influential figure in contemporary popular music. Abel, better known by his stage name, The Weeknd, was born February 16, 1990, In Canada. The Weeknd’s work has been categorized as alternative R&B.

This artist began his career by anonymously uploading several songs to Youtube under the name “The Weeknd” in 2010.Tesfaye was born in Toronto in 1990, he is the only child of a couple of Ethiopian immigrants who came to Canada to live better. His parents separated and he stayed with his mother. When he was a teenager, he left high school, went to live with his two friends and began to consume hard drugs. Tesfaye talks about those nefarious experiences in his songs, which makes him a unique artist. It can be said that the musician transformed a painful past into art and that helped him to get ahead. Currently, The Weeknd has a net worth estimated at $85 million.

Much of today’s music is empty of content. The lyrics of the songs are superficial and say nothing. For worse, some lyrics insult women and refer to them sexually. Although The Weeknd’s musical style is difficult to understand, it must be recognized that his tragic songs leave realistic messages. It is noticeable that many people were tired of listening to “empty music”, and found in The Weeknd an artist who offers something quite unique.

The Weeknd’s ability to find a bright, focused and consistent tone throughout his range, is part of what makes his voice so distinctive, versatile and striking. The Weeknd has also cited East African influences in his voice. “His natural singing voice was inspired and shaped by Ethiopian music according to him. He has also won multiple Grammy, Billboard, MTV, and American Music Awards in the past decade thanks to his music career.

The Weeknd recently confirmed during a Reddit AMA that he spells his name without the “e” because of copyright issues. He said: “I hated my name [at the start of my career] so I tried it as a stage name. It sounded cool. I took out the ‘e’ because there was already a Canadian band named the weekend.”


Biggest Hits

10. Love Me Harder with Ariana Grande (2014)

9.Call Out My Name (2018)

8. Often (2014)

7. Save Your Tears (2020)

6. I Feel It Coming with Daft Punk (2016)

5. Earned It (2015)

4. Can’t Feel My Face (2015)

3. The Hills (2015)

2. Starboy (2016)

1. Blinding Lights