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The Weeknd is the stage name of Abel Tesfaye (born February 16th 1990) a Canadian alternative R&B singer of considerable critical acclaim and commercial success. He has released one studio album, a compilation album and three mixtapes since his debut in 2011.
A lot of think pieces are written on how the presence of the internet is destroying the value of music one illegal download and free U2 album at a time. In a way this is nothing new, human beings have feared change since time immemorial. One need only take a closer look to see the real possibilities it presents, however.
Tesfaye dropped out of high school aged 17 and left his native Scarborough, Ontario for Toronto. It was there that he met producer Jeremy Rose in 2010, who had an idea for a dark R&B project that would be called The Weekend. The two hit it off right away, and after shortening the name to avoid copyright infringement with the indie band of the same name, they began making music together.
Tesfaye’s success in such a short period of time shows how the internet could change the music world for the better. The three mixtapes that The Weeknd released in 2011, “House of Balloons”, “Thursday”, and “Echoes of Silence”, were downloaded eight million times, an astonishing audience that could never be reached before for an artist without even a debut album to their name.
That audience has allowed The Weeknd to play sold out arena shows within two years of his first ever live show. Venues like New York City, USA’s Barclays Centre, California’s Hollywood Bowl (two nights running) and London, England’s O2 Arena have all seen him headline to colossal audiences.
The Weeknd could be a look into the future of the music industry, and the only way to find out for sure is by joining the ride. Either way, it’s going to be unforgettable.