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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'.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

88th Oscars NOMINESS LUNCHEON

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Chloe Dobinson's Top 10 Albums Of 2015


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10. Drake - If You're Reading This Then You're Too Late
Making an impromptu release of his 4th studio album Drake made a return proving why he is one of the most in demand rappers. Highlights of the album include opening track Legend -which features a long instrumental introduction with background vocals giving a harmonic feel to the track. Track Energy sees keys help make the track come alive with the Canadian rapper pushing himself as an artist and pushing the boundaries in the rap industry.

9. The Libertines - Anthems for Doomed Youth
Released in September The Libertines marked a return to the music scene following their 2004 self-titled album. A decade on the band proves their songwriting skills never went away with tracks such Gunga Din a racous, fun indie track making fans of The Libertines feels as if they never went away. Athems for Doomed Youth is a softer album from a band who is constanlty in the headlines for the wrong reasons. Heart of the Matter is a highlight of the album catchy, light and will become a firm favorite when the band play summer festival next year.

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The Weeknd Performs Live In Concert

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See Bella Hadid Rescue Her Boyfriend The Weeknd On 'In The Night' Video


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The Weeknd persuaded his supermodel girlfriend Bella Hadid to star in his brand new music video for single ‘In The Night’, in which she stars as a beautiful but deadly dancer who saves the singer’s life.

In the clip for the new cut to be taken from his runaway hit album Beauty Behind the Madness, 19 year old Hadid features as a nightclub dancer who faces down and defeats a group of bad guys who infiltrate the place, while the singer himself mainly stands outside singing in the rain.

Bella HadidBella Hadid stars in her boyfriend The Weeknd's new video for 'In The Night'

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Taylor Swift, The Weeknd And Kendrick Lamar: Favourites For The 2016 Grammy Awards


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The Grammy Award nominations for 2016 have finally been announced, with Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar predictably leading with a total of seven nods each. There's a massive 83 categories altogether, so here's a summary of what's going on in the main four.

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Taylor Swift is pretty much a Grammy staple these days having been nominated every year since 2012. She hasn't won anything the last two years, but we'd be surprised if she loses out in 2016. Single 'Blank Space' is up for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, while 'Bad Blood' featuring Kendrick Lamar could also bag Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video, and album '1989' is looking at Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.

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Rihanna Is The Most Streamed Female Artist Of 2015 On Spotify, Despite No New Album


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Rihanna has been revealed as the most streamed female artist on Spotify in 2015, despite not releasing a new album. Fans of the pop queen clearly haven’t been too put off by the lack of new music, voraciously devouring her back catalogue as she racked up just over 1 billion streams for the year.

Spotify unveiled its end-of-year list on Tuesday (December 1st), which also showed Canadian rapper Drake to be the most streamed artist of the year altogether, with 1.8 billion plays of his back catalogue throughout the year after he dropped fourth album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late at the start of 2015.

RihannaRihanna was the most-streamed female artist of 2015 on Spotify, though fans are still waiting for 'Anti' to appear...

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2015 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS_Press Room

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One Direction And Taylor Swift Lead The Winners At American Music Awards


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It was a big night for British boyband One Direction at the American Music Awards on Sunday evening. The boyband took home the prize for artist of the year at the ceremony in Los Angeles, beating the likes of Ariana Grande, Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran.

One DirectionOne Direction won big at the American Music Awards.

The group, who also performed single ‘Perfect’ at the ceremony, have now won the fan-voted award two years in a row. They also took home the award for favourite pop/rock duo or group, beating Maroon 5 and Walk the Moon.

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2015 American Music Awards Press Room

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Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

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The Weeknd To Avoid Jail Time After Pleading No Contest To Assaulting Police Officer


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Canadian pop star The Weeknd has pleaded no contest to a charge of assaulting a police officer and will therefore avoid jail time, according a new report.

Back in January this year, the singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, made headline when he was alleged to have punched a police officer in the head after the cops arrived at the Cromwell Hotel in Las Vegas, reacting to reports of a disturbance. The officer in question is believed to have separated Tesfaye and the person he was brawling with and dragged him into an elevator, where he then lashed out and struck the officer in the head.

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The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness Album Review


The Weeknd has released his much anticipated second album, 'Beauty Behind The Madness', following his critically acclaimed debut 'Kiss Land' which he released in 2013.

The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness Album Review

Opening track 'Real Life' features subtle vocals from 25-year-old Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd) with a backdrop of dramatic keys easing listeners into the 14 track album. 'Losers' follows, with a beautiful intro, taking a slower pace before exploding into an upbeat chorus. The track is a clear highlight with its unexpected brass instrumentation making it come alive. 

'Tell Your Friends' features a similar narration to the first two tracks with a dark look into relationships and drugs, and the Canadian's sedate vocals help to create some eerie imagery. Produced by outspoken rapper Kanye West, with lyrics that don't reject that media persona ('I'm that n**ga with the hair/singing 'bout popping pills, f**king b**ches, living life so trill'), he certainly had an influence; never being one to shy away from frank lyrics.

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Will Zayn Malik Be Joining The Weeknd Onstage At The VMAs?


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One Direction fans could be in for a special surprise during tonight’s MTV VMA awards, as the rumour is that former member Zayn Malik will be taking to the stage for a duet with The Weeknd. The appearance would be Zayn’s first performance since quitting the boyband earlier this year and pursuing a solo career.

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A source told The Mirror, “He's been rehearsing all day. Obviously when you spend so much time with a band and a group you have support so now he's on his own it's different.” Zayn has in the past expressed his love for the American singer, tweeting earlier this month, "High for this ... Weekend tune on a Tuesday ha.”

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Taylor Swift Is Super Excited About Ryan Adams Covering Her ‘1989’ Album


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Ryan Adams has plans to cover the whole of Taylor Swift’s album, 1989. The 40-year-old singer announced the news on Wednesday (5th August) on Instagram and Twitter. Recording of the cover has already begun and Adams shared a series of short videos from his recording sessions with his followers on social media.

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Kanye West Surprises Coachella And Crashes The Weeknd's Saturday Set


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Kanye West made a surprise appearance during The Weeknd’s Saturday night set at Coachella, helping singer Abel Tesfaye cover the rapper’s hit ‘Heartless’. The festival, which is known for always coming through with surprise performances, ends its two weekend run this Sunday with Drake closing the festivities with a headlining set.

Kanye WestKanye gave the Coachella crowd a treat on Saturday night when he performed with The Weeknd.

West had been rumoured to be making a surprise appearance during Drake’s set, but it appears the Yezzus rapper just couldn’t wait to surprise the Coachella crowd. Joining Tesfaye as he delivered a cappella cover of the rapper’s hit, West then launched into his own four song set.

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Date of birth

16th February, 1990

Occupation

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Sex

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