Weeknd - BiographyThe Weeknd is a Canadian musician and rapper, producer, and songwriter who initially rose to prominence as an anonymous YouTube singer. The performer of the famous singles Starboy and I Feel It Coming. The winner of two Grammy Awards and an Oscar nominee. Since 2017 he has been at the top of the Forbes ranking among the 30 highest paid singers under 30 with an annual income of over $90 million.
Childhood and youthThe musician’s real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye. He was born and raised in Toronto. A third of the city’s population at that time consisted of immigrants, which were his parents - Makkonen and Samra Tesfaye. In the late 1980s they moved back to Toronto from civil war-torn Ethiopia.
As the future musician was an inner city kid, he began to smoke weed when he was 11 and was fond of stealing. By the age of 17 he completely got out of hand and hooked on heavier drugs.
CareerFrom early childhood, the future singer was inspired by the work of Prince and R. Kelly, and Michael Jackson was his idol. As a teenager Abel dreamed of becoming a famous performer but he had no idea how to do it. He tried to create the band, write music and lyrics but his all attempts faded against the background of the fantastic success of Justin Bieber and other pop musicians who topped the first lines of the world charts.
Together with Jeremy Abel has recorded three tracks. Rose’s instrumental was in perfect harmony with the clean melodic vocals. In 2010 the project was named "The Weeknd". Abel took such a pseudonym in memory of the period when he began to live alone and left school. As the musician said he "left home at the weekend and did not come back." The singer deliberately omitted a letter in his pseudonym in order to avoid litigation with the Canadian band The Weekend.
Collaboration with Rose promised to be quite successful but finally they got a conflict of interest. In December 2010 Abel cut ties with the produser. Then he posted the tracks What You Need, Loft Music, and The Morning on Youtube. One of his songs was noted by the already established by Drake.
The legendary album Starboy was presented in the fall of 2016. The musician created a short film directed by Grant Singer to support the record. The audience reaction was stormy not only to the new musical material but also to the change in the singer’s image — Abel cut his dreadlocks off, which have already become his stock in trade.
Private lifeThe singer’s private life is a hot topic of discussion on social media. The fans are interested in it as much as in his meteoric career. And it’s not surprising because he rolled up with two of the most desirable girls in the world — an American top model Bella Hadid and a popular singer and actress Selena Gomez.
Abel met Bella in 2015 at the fashionable American Coachella festival, where world celebrities come every year. The Weeknd was deeply impressed by her pure beauty and offered the girl to take part in his video for the track In The Night. The concerted effort did the trick so the young people began to date.
Nevertheless, they continue to maintain friendly relations, communicate by phone and on social networks. According to the photos on Instagram Abel was invited to Bella’s 23rd birthday. And after the release of his new album After Hours, fans began to claim that the track Heartless was addressed to Hadid, and so this way the singer was trying to revive the old feelings.
The Weeknd nowIn March 2020 the Weeknd presented his fourth album After Hours, which immediately took off to the top of the world charts as the previous ones. Most of the tracks are devoted to his past — they reflect the thoughts of the singer if he managed to become a different person and correct the mistakes of his youth.
Nowadays the Weeknd has almost reached its ambitious goal of becoming the new king of the world of music — his incomes are measured in tens of millions of dollars. In 2017 the singer topped the Forbes “thirty” in the rating of sports and show business stars under 30 years old.The singer regularly makes charitable donations to the organization that promote and inculcate Geza, the traditional language of the native population of Ethiopia. Abel also supports the movement against discrimination of the black community and even refused to cooperate with a major global clothing chain because of a racist photo posted on their website.