The Weeknd

  • 16 March 2012

Date of birth

16th February, 1990







The Weeknd (Formed 2010)
The Weeknd is a Canadian singer/songwriter, known by his stage name 'The Weeknd'.
He is best known for his single, "Love Me Harder".

Formation: The Weeknd was born in Scarborough, Ontario, on February 16th 1990.
His father was absent during his life, and his mother was constantly working, so his grandmother brought him up.
Because of this, he learnt fluent Amharic, which was his first language.
He took the name 'The Weeknd' after he dropped out of school aged 17.

Music Career: The Weeknd uploaded numerous songs to his YouTube channel in late 2010, under the name 'The Weeknd'.
He released three 9-track mixtapes throughout 2011, including 'House Of Balloons', 'Thursday', and 'Echoes Of Silence', which were all critically acclaimed.
He released "House Of Balloons" on his website for free download on March 21st 2011.
He went on tour in July.
His second mixtape, 'Thursday', was released on August 18th 2011, and was also free from his website.
In 2012, he signed with Republic Records as well as creating a joint venture with his own label, 'Imprint Label'.
He released a compilation album in 2012, called 'Trilogy', which was released under his own label and Republic Records.
He began his US tour as well as performing at Coachella Festival.
He released his debut studio album in 2013, 'Kiss Land', which included the songs "Kiss Land" and "Live For".
In May 2013, 'Trilogy' was certified Platinum by the RIAA.
In June 2014, he announced he would be headlining the 'King Of The Fall' tour, and ScHoolboy Q and Jhene Aiko would be supporting.
He released his track 'King Of The Fall' on July 20th in order to support his upcoming tour.
"Love Me Harder" was released on September 30th 2014, featuring Ariana Grande.
It peaked at number 7 on the Billboard hot 100 Chart.
"Earned It" was released in December 2014 for the 2015 film 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'.

Ten Huge Albums We're Looking Forward To In 2019

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 12 January 2019

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Ten huge new album releases coming up in 2019!

Happy New Year, music lovers! 2018 was a cracker for great albums, and the coming 12 months also promises to shape up. Here’s just ten of the most exciting new album releases scheduled for 2019.

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey has been teasing the release of her fifth studio album, with the working title Norman F***ing Rockwell, since the end of the summer. This week, she trailed it with the release of new single and video, with the unwieldy title ‘hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me…but I have it’, representing the fourth cut from the LP. There’s no release date as yet, but the last we heard LDR5 was going to appear in the first half of 2019.

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The Weeknd And Daft Punk Sued For Plagiarism Over 'Starboy'

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 19 September 2018

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The duo's 2016 collaboration hit single 'Starboy' is apparently too similar to Yasminah's hit 'Hooyo'.

The Weeknd and Daft Punk are being sued by a singer-songwriter for plagiarism regarding elements of their collaborative track ‘Starboy’.

The French dance music hooked up with The Weekend – real name Abel Tesfaye – worked on the 2016 hit single ‘Starboy’ together, the lead single from The Weeknd’s album of the same name. Now, according to TMZ, the two artists are the subject of a reported $5 million lawsuit from Somali-American poet and singer Yasminah, who claims they ripped off her song ‘Hooyo’.

Yasmin ‘Yasminah’ Mohamed, who recorded her track way back in 2009, accuses The Weeknd and Daft Punk of “stealing the beat” for their track, as well as utilising the “same hook, same key and a similar tempo”.

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The Weeknd And Bella Hadid Fuel Reunion Rumours After They're Spotted Kissing At Cannes

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 11 May 2018

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The former couple, who split up almost a year and a half ago, were spotted enjoying each other's company at a Cannes party this week.

More than a year after they called off their relationship and went their separate ways, Bella Hadid and R&B singer The Weeknd are rumoured to be rekindling their romance after they were spotted kissing at Cannes this week.

The former couple were seen together sharing a kiss at the Magnum x Alexander Wang party at the Cannes Film Festival in the south of France on Thursday night (May 10th). They greeted each other with a hug and a kiss, having both arrived separately, but later they were spotted locking lips, and Hadid stroking his face.

The latest development came after they were allegedly spotted backstage together after The Weeknd’s headline set at California’s Coachella festival a few weeks ago. However, Hadid quickly moved to shut down the rumours of a reunion, saying “it wasn’t me”.

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The Weeknd Drops Surprise New Album 'My Dear Melancholy'

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 30 March 2018

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The new album dropped at midnight on Thursday night, in time for the holiday weekend.

The Weeknd has stirred his fans into a frenzy by releasing a new surprise album in time for the Easter weekend, titled My Dear Melancholy.

Speculation had been rife over the previous few weeks that the megastar R&B singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, has been working on new material.

On Thursday evening (March 29th), The Weeknd’s official Instagram page refreshed with an image of some shadowy red and black artwork, with ‘My Dear Melancholy’ written in the top-left corner, and simply captioned ‘tonight’.

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Fans Hope For Eminem And Beyonce Stage Collaboration At Coachella 2018

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 03 January 2018

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They will be headlining the forthcoming festival along with The Weeknd.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2018 is just weeks away and with this New Year comes a spectacular new line-up. Festival organisers have now confirmed the three weekend headliners as The Weeknd, Beyonce and Eminem respectively, and tickets are on sale later this week.

Image caption Eminem at the 'Southpaw' premiere

Eminem will be taking over the much coveted spot of Sunday headliner at Coachella this year, treating his audience to a few numbers from his latest album 'Revival'. With Beyonce preceding him on the Saturday, there's a good chance we might see their first live collaboration of their song 'Walk on Water' from the rapper's new record.

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Will Eminem Join Beyonce To Headline Coachella 2018?

By Stephanie Chase in Music / Festivals on 21 December 2017

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Beyonce was due to headline the festival last year, but pulled out due to her pregnancy.

Eminem is rumoured to be headlining next year’s Coachella Festival, alongside Beyonce and The Weeknd.

The annual festival, which is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California will take place over the weekends of April 13-15 and April 20-22 next year.

Image caption Is Eminem set to headline Coachella 2018, alongside Beyonce and The Weeknd?

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Is Katy Perry Date The Weeknd As Revenge On Selena Gomez?

By Charlotte Court in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 23 November 2017

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The web of revenge and deceit seems to run deep

It seems that Katy Perry knows how to hold a grudge - following years of an alleged feud with fellow singer Taylor Swift it has now been suggested the I Kissed a Girl hitmaker went on a date with The Weeknd in revenge after his own ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, stepped out with her ex, Orlando Bloom.

Image caption Are Katy Perry and The Weeknd really dating?

The Sun reported that sources closest to the star revealed it was an act of 'revenge' after The Weeknd's ex Selena Gomez embarrassed Katy, 33, by joining her own ex Orlando Bloom for dinner one night in May while they were still together.

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Selena Gomez And The Weeknd Are No Longer Together

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 31 October 2017

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But she's not getting back with Justin Bieber either.

If you wondered why Selena Gomez hanging around with Justin Bieber didn't seem to be a big deal for her boyfriend The Weeknd, that might be because they've recently broken up. But don't get excited if you still ship Jelena - it doesn't look like they'll be getting back together.

Image caption The Weeknd and Selena Gomez at the Met Gala

Several sources have revealed that Selena and The Weeknd - real name Abel Tesfaye - have gone their separate ways after just 10 months of dating. If rumours are to be believed, it's the usual story; busy schedules and touring have just left them with no time for each other.

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Bella Hadid Apparently "Doesn't Care" Anymore About Selena Gomez And The Weeknd

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 11 October 2017

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The 21 year old model apparently doesn't care about her ex The Weeknd dating Selena - at least according her mom Yolanda Hadid.

When the first news and photos of Selena Gomez with her current boyfriend The Weeknd emerged this year, Bella Hadid wasn’t best pleased.

She and the Canadian singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, were in a relationship for more than a year before breaking up in 2016. When photos appeared back in January of him kissing Selena while on a date in L.A., she immediately unfollowed her on Instagram before posting a photo of herself flipping the bird.

That was ten months ago, though, and Bella is now reportedly over it – or at least she is according to her mom, Yolanda Hadid. The former ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star appeared on ‘Watch What Happens Live’ with Andy Cohen, and the host asked whether Bella still “cares that The Weeknd is with Selena Gomez?”

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Nas and The Weekend close out Wireless Festival 2017 held at Finsbury Park - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 9th July 2017

The Weeknd and Selena Gomez seen on the red carpet at the 2017 Met Gala - New York, United States - Monday 1st May 2017

The Weekend, DJ Khaled and Travis Scott seen at Coachella 2017 - Weekend 1 - Day 2 - Indio, California, United States - Sunday 16th April 2017

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye AKA The Weeknd performing at the SSE Hydro in the SEC - Glasgow, Scotland - Friday 10th March 2017

Skepta To Headline Wireless Festival 2017 With Chance The Rapper And The Weeknd

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 23 February 2017

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The grime superstar will top the bill on Saturday night at Finsbury Park's Wireless Festival in July, with The Weeknd and Chance The Rapper also headlining.

He may have gone home empty-handed from the BRIT Awards last night, but Skepta’s profile is set to grow even further with the announcement that he is to headline the 2017 Wireless Festival in London this summer, alongside American heavyweights The Weekend and Chance the Rapper.

This year’s event is set to take place from July 7th-9th in North London’s Finsbury Park. Tickets are currently on sale for the 2017 edition of the festival, with further acts still to be announced.

Image caption Skepta will headline the 2017 Wireless Festival

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Victoria's Secret Models along with Lady GaGa, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd on the catwalk at the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show held at Grand Palais, Paris, France - Wednesday 30th November 2016