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The Weeknd

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Toronto, Canada (2010 – present)

The Weeknd, the stage name for Abel Tesfaye, is a Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and producer.
The Scarborough, Toronto-born singer, songwriter, and producer doesn’t say much outside of his lyrics or personal messages through his social networking sites. Ever since appearing on the scene in late 2010, he’s been shrouded in mystery, cultivating a mystique that baffles our gossip-obsessed pop culture. With that said, the 25-year-old alternative R&B phenomenon is an enigma in more ways than one.

For him, it’s not about becoming famous. It’s not about becoming rich. It’s not about pleasing anyone. It’s about being honest, staying true to his art, and diving headfirst into the deep end. History’s most impactful artists from Van Gogh and Charles Bukowski to Miles Davis and John Lennon faced both the abyss and the heavens. They knew about sex, drugs, pain, joy, and love, and they weren’t afraid to talk about them openly.

On his three-disc debut for XO/Republic Records, Trilogy, The Weeknd is an open book, revealing
everything and nothing at the same time. There are moments of ecstatic electronic bliss like the irresistible “High for This”, and then there’s the propulsive poetic paranoia of “House Of Balloons”, which twists a sample Siouxsie and the BansheesHappy House into a frenetic danceable coup. With an inimitable and divine voice, he sings of hazy nights that turned into hazier mornings and tumultuous trysts that spiraled into eternal longing. However, you can take whatever you want from it. After all, it is art.

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  • acaaassio

    THE HILLS 10/10

    Yesterday 8:53pm Reply
  • swampeyed

    THE HILLS HOLY SHIT

    Yesterday 2:34pm Reply
  • lucyyyx3

    the hills have eyyyyyyes

    Yesterday 10:58am Reply
  • lfernandopsb

    I ONLY CALL U WHEN IS HAAAAALF PAAAST FIVE

    Yesterday 10:09am Reply
  • xxxKillianxxx

    might sound a lil weird, but the hills makes me wanna mosh

    Yesterday 7:09am Reply
  • Aristoxenous

    When I'm fucked up that's the real me... FIRE.

    Yesterday 6:50am Reply
  • Aristoxenous

    ABEL!!!!!

    Yesterday 6:48am Reply
  • WillemKauf

    I ONLY CALL YOU WHEN ITS HALF PAST 5

    Yesterday 1:13am Reply
  • inyourarmsx-

    The Hills so good [2]

    27 May 9:47pm Reply
  • paulaalfc

    The Hills so good

    27 May 8:33pm Reply
  • LongLiveGrimes

    I hope the new album sounds like The Hills and Where You Belong.

    27 May 5:40pm Reply
  • cutieinside

    YAY

    27 May 2:06pm Reply
  • purplelightx

    The Hills.

    27 May 2:05pm Reply
  • villafreitas

    Abel is going in a different direction...., [2] And I'm lovin' it

    26 May 10:15pm Reply
  • babybugz1

    Abel is going in a different direction....,

    26 May 6:28pm Reply
  • bcpeters1

    Janelle and Weeknd are the biggest two let-downs in all of music in a long time. Janelle combined R&B, retro-rock and roll, and hiphop into a fantastic sci-fi concept album littered with political allegory. Electric Lady was like some quickly slopped together rehash of ArchAndroid and "Yoga" completes the full transformation into boring, generic r&b. Similarly - The Weeknd had this amazingly dark production - sometimes switching up beats mid-song, it was ORIGINAL which is something R&B has been lacking. And now he's making generic crap on Kissland or with Ariana Grande. These folks were to be R&B's saviors. Now it's back to being the same uninspired, generic crap that modern country music is. I don't care Weeknd got famous. I care that in order to get famous he had to make his music suck, and suck hard. It's generic, soulless, balless, brainless garbage.

    26 May 4:13pm Reply
  • hustlayo

    In the Night a smash hit. People are not ready for this shit.

    26 May 2:46pm Reply
  • Iggy_Pops_Shirt

    I Can't Feel My Face some heat

    26 May 1:32am Reply
  • eatmangos

    not that anyone cares but I do not have one single problem with an artist I admire becoming huge famous, the song is great, nothing but love for sweet Abel.

    18 May 10:40pm Reply
  • eatmangos

    @hustlayo hmm didn't know that, but anyway, earned it is his first solo top ten billboard record.

    18 May 10:37pm Reply
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