For many music lovers, The Weeknd is not one of those people who need to be introduced, because his music has already done so in its entirety. Without taking too long after joining the music industry, The Weeknd was able to make an enviable name for himself.
Because of a lot of things about him, there are a lot of people who want to know more about him. Here’s everything you need to know about the singer:
The Weeknd Wiki, Bio, Age, Family
On February 16, 1990, The Weeknd was born in Ontario, Canada, to Ethiopian parents who emigrated to Canada. His birth name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye. Even before he grew up, Abel’s father left him and his young mother, who had to work very hard to support the young boy who was going to grow up and entertain the world.
After his father had left and later started another family elsewhere, the greatest responsibility for caring for the young Abel fell on his grandmother, since his mother, who now found herself with the task of caring for the family, had to do several jobs.
For his studies, the Canadian singer attended Samuel Hearne Middle School and from there he began his high school studies at the West Hill Collegiate Institute. Then he moved to Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute, but he didn’t finish high school before he decided to stop when he was 17 to give music all he got.
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During his childhood, he always listened to a wide variety of music, which will influence his singing style in the years to come. Moreover, his life was not without its pitfalls since he came into contact with drugs when he was very young, before getting things straight.
Looking back at the beginning of his career which, as we have said, was influenced by what he listened to as he grew up, The Weeknd experimented by merging rap, R&B, soul, and everything he could gather in the songs.
His first attempt to sell himself worldwide came in 2010 when he made a song, What You Need, and posted it on YouTube. Although it was not widely accepted at first, the song was subsequently highly appreciated after its release in 2011.
Soon, the singer released his first free download, House of Balloons, as well as two mixtapes. At that time, his talent was undeniable and this allowed him to feature in fellow Canadian, Drake’s, album of 2011, Take Care.
Since he had the opportunity to appear in Drake’s work, The Weeknd has taken the initiative to reach a peak that many could only imagine. This is all the more true since the album contained some songs from the singer’s House of Balloons album. This gave him enough publicity for Universal’s Republic Records to sign him. 2012 saw the release of his previous work, Trilogy, but this time there was already a good ground for him and it went platinum. His next work, Kiss Land, was released in 2003. Despite everything, the singer remained hidden from the audience because of his shyness and insecurities.
Since then, he has become a great sensation, both as a solo artist and when working with others. Many of his songs such as Can’t Feel My Face and The Hills became popular with fans in his album Beauty Behind the Madness in 2015. His next album was, Starboy. This album was another great success and earned him a Grammy nomination.
For all his hard work, The Weeknd has several awards to show, including two Grammys for Best Contemporary Urban Album for Beauty Behind the Madness and Best R&B Performance for “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”. In total, Abel has received nearly 80 awards and more than 100 nominations, including Academy Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, BET Awards and many more.
The Weeknd Girlfriend, Who Is The Star Dating?
The singer has been in some very quiet relationships, even if it’s not hidden. One of his first known relationships was with the very beautiful model Bella Hadid. Both date from 2015 to 2016. After their break-up, the singer went out with Selena Gomez, but the relationship soon ended after she got back with Justin Bieber.
There have been various rumors about the people he is dating, including Yovanna Ventura and Katy Perry. It is interesting to note that although they are not together, the Starboy singer still has a great feeling for his hot model Ex, Bella, and she also has the same feeling for him.
The Weeknd Net Worth
Having started less than 10 years ago, the singer has done many good things for himself, when you look at what he has done and what he has acquired.
In addition to music, he also works in the clothing line sector because he collaborated with H&M on a very successful clothing collection that ran out within 24 hours of being released. The line included sweatshirts and hoodies. However, he stopped doing business with H&M because of a racist photo shared by the company.
With all his arrivals from different sources, The Weeknd is the sixth best-paid celebrity in the world for 2017, according to Forbes magazine. He is only behind people like Ronaldo, Drake, J.K. Rowling, Beyonce, and Sean Combs who comes as the most successful.
The Weeknd has a net value of $92 million according to Forbes at the end of 2017. He was only 26 years old at the time. Of course, with how well he is going, He may soon exceed the $100 million mark.