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The Weeknd
(Abel Tesfaye)

The Weeknd, singer, song writer, dancer, and record producer,r was born February 16, 1990 in Toronto,  Canada. He is the son of Ethiopian immigrants but does not have much contact with his father who left his family when Abel was a toddler. The Weeknd’s musical influence ranged from Traditional Ethiopian music to Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop” himself.The Weeknd claims that Jackson’s 1979 hit “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough” is “the song that helped me find my voice. It’s the reason I sing”. 

The Weeknd began recording his musical talent while in high school and dropped out, yet continued exploring his interest by releasing a free download called “House of Balloons” in 2011. He then released two more mixtapes, Thursday and Echoes of Silence. These three works excelled is career, and led to his collaboration with Drake on Drake’s 2011 album Take Care which featured several tracks from the House of Balloons. This landed a deal for Abel with Universal’s Republic Records. 

 All together, these three works, plus three additional unreleased songs were re-released to form what is now known as the Trilogy, a compilation album released November 13, 2012 by Public Records and XO. The Trilogy became a platinum-selling record, yet he still managed to hide himself from the public at large as he refused interviews for a long time and chose to use images of women for his 2013 album, Kiss Land, instead of images of himself. The mystique was intentional, but also reflected Abel’s true shyness and insecurities that troubled him early on in his career. 

From start to now, The Weeknd has maintained this mystique yet has managed to build a huge fanbase and leave an undeniable impact.

OVOXO (Drake + The Weeknd)

Sound

Slow tempos

Rumbling Bass

Forlorn echoes

Falsetto

Enticing  tone

Genres

R&B

Alternative R&B

Pop

Hip-Hop

Influences

Musical genres including soul, hip-hop, funk, indie rock, and post-punk have all influenced The Weeknd’s sound. Here are artist that he has taken after as well.

Michael Jackson

mj

The Weeknd credits Michael Jackson as the key artist that has influenced him to become a singer. Michael Jacksons influence can be seen in many of Abels works of art. One of his hits, titled DD, reference Michael Jackson’s lyrics to Dirty Diana. 

Prince

The Weeknd views that by singer vulgar lyrics in an elegant, sexy way, he is paying homage to the Prince. 

Aster Aweke

The Weeknd says his high-flying vocal style was nfluenced by habesha singers like Aster Aweke. 

Collaborations

Belly

 Daft Punk

DaHeala

Doc McKinney

Drake

Future

Frank Dukes

Gesaffelstein

Illangelo

Lana Del Rey

Nav

Travis Scott

Kendrick Lamar

Residence

Hidden Hills, California

Labels

Xo

Republicr

Grammy Award Winning Song "Earned It" from the movie "Fifty Shades of Grey"

Accomplishments
(just some!)

Awards

American Music Award (2)

BET Award (1)

Billboard Awards (8)

Grammy Award (3)

Guinness World Records (2)

iHeartRadio Music Award (2)

MTV Europe Music Award (1)

Peopler’s Choice Award (1)

Nominations

Academy Award (1)

American Music Award (8)

BET Award (7)

Billboard Awards (24)

BRIT Awards (1)

Grammy Award (10)

Guinness World Records (2)

iHeartRadio Music Award (7)

MTV Europe Music Award (5)

MTV Video Music Award (5)

NAACP Image Award (4)

Peopler’s Choice Award (5)

Teen Choice Award (7)

Works Cited

https://www.biography.com/musician/the-weeknd

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Weeknd

https://www.capitalxtra.com/features/lists/the-weeknd-facts/house-of-balloons/

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-weeknd-trivia_n_56bb63cfe4b08ffac1236c5e

https://www.gq.com/story/5-things-you-should-know-about-the-weeknd

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/weeknd-opens-dark-past/story?id=43987671

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/weeknd-opens-dark-past/story?id=43987671

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/sex-drugs-and-rb-inside-the-weeknds-dark-twisted-fantasy-176091/ 

 

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