Born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye in 1990 in Toronto, Canada, The Weeknd revealed himself as a triple threat in the recording industry - being both a dancer and record producer in addition to a singer-songwriter - with the anonymous release of his House of Balloons mixtape on YouTube in 2010. He then fostered this reputation with the subsequent release of two more mixtapes, Thursday and Echoes of Silence, which was later re-released in remastered form as Trilogy. The artist known as The Weeknd went on to sell over 75 million records in the United States. His unique brand of music spans pop, R&B, hip-hop and alternative musical styles.
Rise of a Starboy
Three The Weeknd albums have reach No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart: 2015's Beauty Behind the Madness, 2016's Starboy and 2018's My Dear Melancholy. In 2013, The Weeknd became the first musical artist to hold all three top spots on Billboard's Hot R&B Songs chart at once, those song being "The Hills," "Earned It" and "Can't Feel My Face." In 2017, the Guinness Book of World Records honored The Weeknd for the Most Streamed Album of Spotify in One Year for Beauty Behind the Madness and Most Consecutive Weeks in the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 by a Solo Male Artist. Since 2016, The Weeknd has received 37 Billboard Music Awards nominations and won nine of those awards.
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How many times has The Weeknd toured?
There were four The Weeknd tours between 2014 and 2018, starting with the King of the Fall Tour and ending with The Weeknd Asia Tour. In between were The Madness Fall Tour in 2015 and Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour in 2017.
How many Grammy Awards has The Weeknd won?
The Weeknd received 10 Grammy nominations between 2014 and 2018 and won three of those awards. He won the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Beauty Behind the Madness in 2014, Best R&B Performance for "Can't Feel My Face" in 2016 and again for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Starboy in 2018.
What can I expect from The Weeknd's concerts?
The Weeknd's songs highlight his three-octave range with vocals frequently in his falsetto register. Common production qualities include a foggy sound, rumbling bass, down-tempo beats and strong echoing reverb. Many The Weeknd songs incorporate samples of other songs from other musical genres like alternative and punk rock. The Weeknd's lyrics are often plaintive, focusing on difficult emotions around topics of partying, sex and drugs.
What else does The Weeknd bring to his live performances?
In addition to his musical prowess, The Weeknd is also renowned for his business and marketing acumen as he frequently collaborates with innovative businesses to create unique promotional products and experiences for his fans. For example, to promote his Kiss Land tour, The Weeknd released limited-edition condoms depicting the album's mascot Oxcy. To promote his album Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd released a limited-edition vaporizer that audiences were permitted to use during the shows on his The Madness Fall tour. He partnered with Puma to set up pop-up retail stores releasing "capsules" of Puma gear branded for The Weeknd's Starboy album and tour.