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'.
The Weeknd - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived to the Rolling Stone magazine and Google Play Grammy Party which was held at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 5th February 2015
The Weeknd has released the official (explicit) music video for his song, 'Earned It', set to be featured on the album for the upcoming film adaptation of '50 Shades of Grey'. The soundtrack album is set for release on 10th February 2015.
The Weeknd adds his touch to the 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' movie soundtrack with his song 'Earned It', which was co-produced by Stephan Moccio. The full soundtrack album is set to be released on February 10th 2015.
Sia's new music video for 'Elastic Heart' has been raising a few eyebrows.
Sia returns with another spectacularly choreographed video, once again starring pre-teen dance prodigy Maddie Ziegler who is this time joined by a topless Shia LaBeouf in a caged face-off for the epic single 'Elastic Heart'.
Shia LaBeouf goes primal in Sia's 'Elastic Heart' video
Having previously appeared in the erratic video for Sia's multi-platinum single 'Chandelier', 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler makes a return complete with the same wig and nude-coloured leotard for another bout of expressive movement in 'Elastic Heart'; the song from the soundtrack of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'. While her talent remains breathtaking in her latest venture, viewers were still quick to criticise the controversial content.
Ariana Grande performs a soulful medley of her hit singles 'Problem', 'Break Free' and 'Love Me Harder' live at the 2014 American Music Awards, featuring an appearance from The Weeknd. The tracks feature on her album 'My Everything'.