The Weeknd is officially 32 today!
The Weeknd was born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye on February 16, 1990, in Toronto in Ontario, Canada.
The Weeknd: Everything You Need To Know
Tesfaye was born and raised in Toronto. In 2009, he started releasing music videos on YouTube. In 2011, he co-founded the XO record label and released a series of mixtapes, where he gained recognition for his signature style fusing contemporary and alternative R&B. In 2012, he signed with Republic Records and re-released his mixtapes under the compilation album “Trilogy.” His debut album, “Kiss Land,” was released the following year.
His single “Earned It” was featured in the soundtrack of 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” and earned him a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance and an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
His second studio album “Beauty Behind The Madness” debuted in 2015 to rave reviews. It topped the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and became one of the year’s best-selling albums. Singles like “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills” also topped the charts. The album also won a Grammy for Best Urban Award album and was nominated for Album of the Year.
In 2016, he released his album “Starboy,” which also claimed a Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary album. In 2020, he released his fourth studio album titled “After Hours” which featured singles like “Heartless,” “Save Your Tears,” and “Blinding Lights.” His fifth studio album “Dawn FM” dropped in 2022 and featured the hit single “Take My Breath.”
The songwriter and record producer has received numerous awards throughout his career, including three Grammy Awards, nineteen Billboard Music Awards, fifteen Juno Awards, six American Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, and an Academy Award nomination. He is one of the world’s best-selling artists, with over 75 million records sold.
He is the first artist to simultaneously debut on the top three on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. His single “Blinding Lights” is the longest-charting song in Billboard history. In 2020, TIME magazine listed him as one of their top 100 influential people.
Fans are celebrating his birthday by listening to some of his best songs! Take a look!
“Sacrifice” came out on January 7, 2022, but it already has 27,684,264 views! The video comes with an epilepsy warning for a lot of “Blinding Lights” (we’re getting to that one!).
“This is a song that will stay in my head for years,” one fan wrote. “Just has an addictive beat and lyrics.”
“In my opinion, there are no bad songs on this album, I love all of em,” another fan commented.
“I’m gonna tell my kids that this man carried good music for a whole generation,” another said.
“This man is an amazing producer, very strong songwriter, gifted singer,” another wrote. “The MJ influence is there, but the work belongs to this artist and is still unique.”
“Ironically, The Weeknd music is perfect for any day of the week,” another joked.
We joked about it in the previous song, so we have to deliver! The music video for “Blinding Lights” is practically a movie in itself!
“We need more songs like this with 80s vibes in the 2020s.. This song is AWESOME,” one fan commented.
“Wow, what a tune!!! Totally transformed back to the 80’s and loving it,” another said. “More like this please.”
“This song just never gets old, no matter how many times I replay this I will still enjoy listening to it,” another shared.
“This song sounds like it’s meant for a car radio, playing during the night time, perhaps on a highway after a loooong trip,” another shared.
‘Can’t Feel My Face’
For some fans, “Can’t Feel My Face” was the first song that they heard by The Weeknd. Now they just can’t get enough!
“I remember the good ol days when this was in everyone’s playlist and would just sing it without any care in the world,” one fan wrote.
“Incredibly awesome song: excellent beat, catchy tune, wicked bassline, and most of all– fantastic voice!!! Love it!!” another shared.
“This guy can’t make any bad songs even if he tries,” another shared.
“This song is a masterpiece!!!” said another. “I love The Weeknd and his amazing music.”
Still Can’t Get Enough?
We can’t either! Check out the video above for over an hour of The Weeknd’s best songs!