Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (16 February 1990) aka The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has three studio albums released, Kiss Land (2013), Beauty Behind the Madness (2015), and Starboy (2016).
The Weeknd started his career by posting songs to YouTube. The three that were noticed by Drake, and then linked to on the famous rapper’s blog were “What You Need”, “Loft Music” and “The Morning” (2010). His self-released debut tape, House of Balloons (2011) was met with critical acclaim and named as one of ten shortlisted nominees for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize. Drake attending his first live performance and propositioned him for a potential music collaboration. Following this, The Weeknd began performing as the opening act for many of Drake’s shows and contributed to Take Care (2011), Drake’s multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning sophomore studio album.
The Weeknd’s featured on “FML”, a track by Kanye West and “6 Inch” a song from Beyoncé‘s Lemonade album (2016). He’s worked with Lana Del Ray on “Lust for Life” and had Daft Punk featured on his hit single, “Starboy”.