The Weeknd is one of the most talented among young singers. We can admire him at his concerts. He looks very natural, singing his songs. The spectators watch him on the stage. But they don’t even know how hard he had to work beforehand, to appear in front of their delightful eyes.
Early Years of the Wknd
Of course, the Wknd is not the real name of the singer. It is just his alias. The real name of the singer and songwriter is Abel Tesfaye. He was born on the 16th of February, 1990 in Canada. Ethnically the signer is Ethiopian and he is proud of his background. The boy had never known his father. Abel’s mother was very busy. She worked all day long to provide her son for everything necessary. That’s why the future star was brought up by his grandmother. It was she, who taught the boy to love music. She was Ethiopian, and that’s why she knew a lot of Ethiopian songs. They mixed in the head of the boy with Canadian rhythms. Thus his unique musical style was formed.
The Weeknd Songs. Beginning
The boy started to write songs, when he was at school. Later he told his grandmother, that he had to leave for weekend. He used this weekend to record his first mixtapes. That’s why he chose The Weeknd as his alias. He changed the spelling of this word on purpose, as “The Weekend” was a name of a famous group. He didn’t want to be mixed with them.
Some fellow-friends helped to record first The Weeknd Songs. Abel’s team called themselves XO. From that time and till now XO the weeknd are inseparable. The fans of the singer and his team are curios, why they call themselves “XO”. It is not known exactly, but it is rumored that XO means not kissing or hugs, but the shorting from the drug name – oxytocin. This version is probably, true. In any case, XO the weeknd and their first songs became extremely popular. They were supported by the famous rapper Drake. With his light hand the first set of mixtapes of the Weeknd, called “The House of Balloons”, became popular.
The Weeknd Albums
“The House of Ballons” wasn’t the first album of the singer. It was just the set, consisted of 9 songs. They were joined by one and the same style and theme. Such set of songs is usually called the mixtape. Later The Weeknd recorded two other mixtapes, called “Thursday” and “Echo’s of Silence”. Later on the Weekend joined these three parts in one album, called “Trilogy”. It was the first one among The Weeknd Albums.
“Trilogy” consists not only of three parts of mixtapes. Three new songs were also added here. The album was released on the 13th of November, 2012. It was accepted with delight by both, critics and the audience. In May, 2013 it was certified as platinum.
The most popular songs from this album are “Twenty-eight”, “The Wicked Games”, “The Zone” (it was featuring by Drake) and many others.
The Weeknd – Wicked Games
The second album of The Weeknd was released on the 10th of September, 2013. It was called “Kiss Land”. Abel Tesfaye told that this album symbolizes for him the tour of life. He was inspired by movie makers, when created the songs for this album. Abel compares it with the horror movie. Some really popular singles were included in the album. They are “Belong to the World”, “Love in the Sky”, “Kiss Land” etc. The album had positive reviews from critics. For August, 2015, more than 250,000 of its copies were sold.
The third and the last one as for the September, 2015, album of The Weeknd was called “Beauty behind the Madness”. Many guest stars supported this album. Thus you will find there the songs, Abel Tesfaye sang together with Lana Del Ray, Labrinth, Maty Noyes and the others. The album was released on the 27th of May, 2015. Some really great songs were included there. They are “Can’t Feel my Face”, “Shhameless”, “As you are”, “The Angel” etc. The song “Earned It” was chosen as the main soundtrack for the movie “Fifty Shades of Gray”. In general the album got positive reviews.
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
The Weeknd Tour
The Weeknd became popular rapidly. But this performer is still too young to arrange some tour or concert. The idea to perform in front of the audience seemed to be too arrogant. But Abel did it! On the 7th of June, 2012 the first public concert of Tesfaye took place. He played his music just in front of 300 hundred people. The Weeknd sang 17 songs for them. He sang the cover of Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana” so awesome, that the singer was compared with the young Jackson after it!
Later he decided to start his first tour. The Weeknd tour was arranged in June, 2014. It lasted 4 days and was supported by such famous performers as Schoolboy Q and Thene Aiko. It was successful and showed one more time, that The Weeknd is a musical star of the new generation.
It is interesting to know, that the signer never gives an interview in public. He shares his thoughts through Facebook and Twitter. Abel Tesfaye is talented, it goes without saying. He is worth listening and his better songs are yet to come!