The Weeknd: Bio, Life, Career, Awards, Facts, Trivia, Favorites

The Weeknd: A Quick-Read Bio Revealed

Here’s the bio, life, career, awards, facts, trivia, and favorites of The Weeknd. We would like to take you through the chapters in the life and career of one of the world’s talented musicians. This is Australian Unwrapped’s compilation of research about The Weeknd. Enjoy the journey!

Full Name: Abel Makkonen Tesfaye

Born: February 16, 1990

Origin: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Also known as: The Noise – Kin Kane

Genres: R&B – Pop – Hip hop – Dance – Alternative R&B – New wave

Zodiac: Aquarius

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Early Start

  • His mother and grandmother raised Abel Makkonen Tesfaye in Toronto, Ontario, as he is estranged from his father.
  • In addition to learning Amharic from his grandmother, he also studied French at a French immersion school.
  • Tesfaye dropped out of school in his early teens and moved to Parkdale with two friends.
  • A number of times he was incarcerated and lived on the streets.



Career Journey

  • March 2011: The mixtape House of Balloons, Tesfaye’s debut mixtape, was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. He was nominated for a Polaris Music Prize for Echoes of Silence, his third mixtape.
  • April 2012: He had sold-out shows at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, prior to his Coachella performances in Coachella. Remastered remixes of his 2011 mixtapes and three additional tracks were released as Trilogy.
  • May 2013: Kiss Land, the title track of his debut studio album, which made it to Billboard 200 second highest spot, was released.
  • 2014: Remixed “Drunk in Love” from Beyoncé’s autobiographical studio album in February, and collaborating with Ariana Grande on “Love Me Harder” from Grande’s second album My Everything in August.
  • 2015: “The Hills”, his second single from Beauty Behind the Madness album, was released which soared to the Billboard Hot 100 top 20 spot and became his first number-one single. August 2015: Tesfaye’s second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness, was released which aced to the top of the Billboard 200 chart.
  • September 2016: Tesfaye announced that his third studio album, Starboy.
  • March 2018: My Dear Melancholy, his debut extended play, topped the Billboard 200. “Call Out My Name” gained public attention when it reached Billboard Hot 100’s fourth highest spot.
  • 2021: He released “Heartless” as the lead single from his fourth studio album which reached the Billboard Hot 100 top 32 spot.
  • November 2021: Blinding Lights became the number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, surpassing Chubby Checker’s single “The Twist”.
  • 2022: Dawn FM became his fifth album and his eighth entry into the top ten (his eighth album).



Awards & Recognition

  • Tesfaye has received:
        • four Grammy Awards
        • six American Music Awards
        • two MTV Video Music Awards
        • 17 Juno Awards
        • 20 Billboard Music Awards
        • Allan Slaight Honour by Canada’s Walk of Fame (2014)



Fun Facts & Trivia

  • His professional name came from the word WEEKEND without the E because another Canadian band has The Weekend for its name already.
  • His album “Starboy” was inspired by the death of David Bowie whom he admired a lot.
  • Before getting it big in the music industry, he worked at an American Apparel retail store in Toronto folding shirts.



Artist’s Favorites

Food: Ethiopian Food
Hobbies: Traveling, Dancing, Fishing
TV Show: Game of Thrones



Australian Unwrapped’s Chosen Song from The Weeknd:

Blinding Lights

Length: 3:20

Release: 2020

Opening Lyrics:

I’ve been tryna call
I’ve been on my own for long enough
Maybe you can show me how to love, maybe
I’m going through withdrawals
You don’t even have to do too much
You can turn me on with just a touch, baby
I look around and
Sin City’s cold and empty (oh)
No one’s around to judge me (oh)
I can’t see clearly when you’re gone

More Songs to Listen to:

The Weeknd: Top 5 Songs



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