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  • Writer's pictureYatharth Dey


Anyone who checks the Billboard Hot 100 for the most popular songs must have come across the name of The Weeknd several times. Personally speaking, he has the most addictive albums ever.

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye known professionally as the Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer who is worldwide recognised for his distinctive singing voice with a soaring falsetto and its singular tremolo. Tesfaye is considered an influential figure in contemporary popular music and has over 75 million records sold, won three Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, fifteen Juno Awards, and others.

Although Tesfaye had a rough childhood with his parents being separated and substance abuse, he managed to get himself together and bring astounding changes in Contemporary R&B and pop music culture. He dropped out of school in 2007 and moved to Toronto to start his career. In his early beginnings, he started by anonymously releasing music on Youtube but the young star was soon approached by a producer, who made Tesfaye freestyle rap over instrumental music. In 2010, he again started uploading music anonymously which soon drew some attention and was included in a blog post from Drake and got coverage from The New York Times too. At the start of his vocation, Tesfaye worked at American Apparel. Because of his namelessness, his associates paid attention to his music without realizing it was him.

On November 13, 2012, Tesfaye delivered "Trilogy", an aggregation collection consisting of remixed and remastered renditions of his 2011 mixtapes and three extra tracks. "Magnificence Behind the Madness'', Tesfaye's second studio collection, was delivered on August 28, 2015, and appeared in the U.S. Billboard 200, earning 412,000 album-equivalent units in its first week and a song from the album named “The Hills'', was certified diamond by the RIAA in 2019, making it The Weeknd’s first diamond-certified record.

Tesfaye released an album named “After Hours” which was atop of the Billboard but was shut out of any nominations for the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards in March 2021. Tesfaye censured The Recording Academy by means of web-based media, asserting defilement. In January 2021, Tesfaye reacted by saying that his past Grammy grants are of no worth to him any longer. Tesfaye said that by pushing ahead with his profession, he will forestall his record mark from presenting his work to The Recording Academy.

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