The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye but is known by his stage name, is a Canadian recording artist and record producer. He was born in Scarborough, Ontario, on February 16, 1990. He is of Ethiopian descent. As he was growing up, he was exposed to a lot of genres such as soul, quiet storm, hip hop, funk, indie rock, and post-punk. This had a lasting impression on him and eventually left a mark on his style of music.
In 2010, when he was virtually unknown in the music industry, Tesfaye uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name “The Weeknd” and that brought him some attention. In 2011, he went on to release three nine-track mixtapes: House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, all of which received critical acclaim. In 2012, he came out with a compilation album, Trilogy, that included remastered versions of the mixtape material and three additional songs. The album was released under Universal Republic Records, and his own label XO.
His music is generally sad and express feelings of hurt and pain, dealing with subjects like sex, drugs, and partying.