The Weeknd is King of thte Fall
"How did you get your name?" "What happened to the E in Weeknd?" "What's your favorite TV show?" These are just a few of the questions The Weeknd – aka Abel Tesfaye – answered back in the fall of 2013 when he decided to take questions from fans through a Reddit AMA (or 'Ask Me Anything') thread on the popular website.
"I left home when I was about 17 and dropped out high school," he replied in response to one question. "We grabbed our mattresses from our parents, threw it in our friend's s&mdashtty van and left one weekend and never came back home." Tesfaye also revealed that his original stage name was going to be HOB (House of Balloons), but he hated it at the time so he tried 'The Weeknd' instead. He took out the "e" because there was already a Canadian band with that name and he didn't want copyright issues to deal with later on.
The Weeknd's debut studio album, "Kiss Land," released roughly the same time the Reddit chat took place, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 96,000 copies. (It fell just two thousand copies short of Keith Urban's "Fuse," which took number one that week).
By the new year, the Weekend had his name on the soundtrack to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," where he contributed "Devil May Cry" and was featured on "Elastic Heart." By February, he remixed the Beyonce single "Drunk in Love," and later announced he would be headlining the "King of the Fall Tour," which will be a mini-tour across the U.S. in September and October. SchHoolboy Q and Jhene Aiko have been confirmed as opening acts.
From YouTube to Universal Star (Updated January 24, 2013)
Count Abel Tesfaye among the growing number of recording artists who found fame via the Internet. In late 2010, he uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name "the Weeknd," with his true identity still unknown. Needless to say, it didn't stay that way for long.
OK, so the three-songs-to-fame didn't exactly happen that way. But after Tesfaye put "what You Need," "Loft Music," and "The Morning" out on the video sharing site, it took just a little help from fellow Toronto-based artist Drake to generate some true buzz. After Drake quoted a line from a song by "The Weeknd" on his Twitter account, including a link to the Weeknd's music on his website, things really took off.
With the nine-track mixtape "House of Balloons" to his credit, The Weeknd found himself nominated for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize, givin to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit. Though he lost out to Arcade Fire, The Weeknd was showered with critical praise and embarked on a tour and later collaborated with Drake at the 2nd Annual OVO Fest in Toronto. Pumping out two more mixtapes also helped his ever-growing fanbase.
The Weeknd began a US tour in 2012 by performing at the Coachella Festival. He wound through major cities afterward, culminating in two sold-out shows in New York. From there he played in Europe, where he covered Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana." His compilation album "Trilogy" was also released in November, consisting of remastered version of his mixtapes, along with three additional songs.
On tap for 2013 is a brand new album from The Weeknd. He'll also play concerts in Glasglow, Manchester, Birmingham and London in March.
The Weeknd Hits the Road with Schoolboy Q on 'King of Fall Tour'
The Weeknd’s been quiet as of late, but that all changed this past Tuesday (June 24), when his first original composition of 2014 hit the Internet. “Often” is sultry and seductive (like most The Weeknd tunes), and everyone already digs it. Now, he’s heading out on a very short tour this fall to keep the…Read more
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