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'.
January's new releases delivered some odds-on certainties, some definite surprises and some sure fire hits
As the new year brought with it a swath of new releases, Years & Years reached number one with Night Call, Young T & Bugsey dropped Truth Be Told and George Ezra released his comeback single - Anyone For You. The Wombats told us to Fix Yourself, Not The World, Ella Henderson sang of being Brave and Twin Atlantic, unlike the PM, gave us Transparency. Whilst Charli XCX, Doja Cat, Central Cee, Blossoms, Charlie Puth and Maverick Sabre (among many others) were setting the airwaves and streaming sites alight a distraught Adele caused a storm when she announced at the 11th hour that she would not be able to fulfil her Las Vegas residency dates. Tears were also shed as it was announced that Meat Loaf had passed away on January 20th. Following the sad announcement of his death, three of his albums re-charted in the top 30, including his seminal 1977 release Bat Out Of Hell. January also brought us some great new albums and we've hand picked our favourite five for you here.
FKA Twigs - CAPRISONGS
The Weeknd, DaBaby, Pop Smoke and Gabby Barrett land multiple nominations.
The Billboard Music Awards finalists have finally been announced, with multiple awards going to several artists. However, it's The Weeknd who makes up for his lack of Grammy nominations with the most nods for the Billboards. Here's an overview of the top four nominated artists...
The Weeknd at Superbowl LV / Photo Credit: PA Images
The 2020 pop masterpieces that we've had on repeat.
While we've been forced to party in the comfort of our own living rooms over the course of 2020, that doesn't mean we haven't had fun. The pop world has continued to push out hit after hit, many of which has kept smiles on our faces on the days when we didn't think it were even possible...
Cardi B at the Fashion Nova x Cardi B Collection launch party 2019 / Photo Credit: Image Press Agency/SIPA USA/PA Images
1. WAP - Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion
Continue reading: From WAP To Say So: 10 Pop Songs That Made Our Year
We want to speak to the Grammys manager...
The nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards are finally here, but it's left a lot of people scratching their heads in bewilderment. Not only are there a number of names on there that have somehow avoided hitting the radar all year, but there are also a few prominent artists missing from certain categories.
The Weeknd at Uncut Gems premiere 2019 / Photo Credit: Image Press Agency/NurPhoto/PA Images
Perhaps the most notable is the absence of The Weeknd from all categories; a remarkable notion when you consider the fact that After Hours is his most iconic release yet, with the song Blinding Lights being one of the most well-played tracks of the year. The Weeknd hasn't taken this snub lying down either, Tweeting earlier today: "The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency..."
Continue reading: Here's Why Music Fans Are Salty About This Year's Grammy Nominations
What have we been listening to on repeat?
It's been a terrible month for music with the coronavirus destroying the live circuit and condemning us to our homes, but it's not been all bad. We've had these incredible albums to listen to. Silver linings!
Childish Gambino - 3.15.20
Donald Glover's fourth album, his first RCA release and supposedly his final release under his "Childish Gambino" moniker, is probably one of the most exciting albums of 2020 so far. 3.15.20 is a conceptual, trippy record with a rich, retro vibe. We're not even mad that most of the tracks don't have proper titles; we'll make it our business to learn them anyway.
What's new in the music world this week?
The coronavirus seems to be affecting every area of our lives including music at the moment, so we've decided to give it its own section in our Weekly Music Highlights. Along with the Nashville tornado disaster and Riz Ahmed's Brexit truths, we hope music will be a way to bring us together in these tough times.
The home of country music, Nashville, Tennessee, was struck by four tornadoes on Tuesday (March 3rd) killing 25 people and destroying numerous buildings and homes. Today a benefit gig under the name 'To Nashville, With Love' will take place at the Marathon Music Works, with acts such as Soccer Mommy, Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlile, Dan Auerbach and more set to perform. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift has donated $1million to a relief fund and expressed her own devastation over the damage of the city she calls home, and a number of guitar companies such as Gibson, Heritage and Harmony are also offering their support to any musicians who may have lost equipment in the disaster with new replacement schemes.
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 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.
Continue reading: Ten Huge Albums We're Looking Forward To In 2019
The duo's 2016 collaboration hit single 'Starboy' is apparently too similar to Yasminah's hit 'Hooyo'.
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”.
Continue reading: The Weeknd And Daft Punk Sued For Plagiarism Over 'Starboy'
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”.
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’.
Continue reading: The Weeknd Drops Surprise New Album 'My Dear Melancholy'
The Weeknd seen arriving at the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) held at the Ahoy Arena, Rotterdam, Netherlands - Sunday 6th November 2016
Date of birth
16th February, 1990