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The Weeknd (Formed 2010)
The Weeknd is a Canadian singer/songwriter, known by his stage name 'The Weeknd'.
He is best known for his single, "Love Me Harder".

Formation: The Weeknd was born in Scarborough, Ontario, on February 16th 1990.
His father was absent during his life, and his mother was constantly working, so his grandmother brought him up.
Because of this, he learnt fluent Amharic, which was his first language. 
He took the name 'The Weeknd' after he dropped out of school aged 17.

Music Career: The Weeknd uploaded numerous songs to his YouTube channel in late 2010, under the name 'The Weeknd'.
He released three 9-track mixtapes throughout 2011, including 'House Of Balloons', 'Thursday', and 'Echoes Of Silence', which were all critically acclaimed. 
He released "House Of Balloons" on his website for free download on March 21st 2011.
He went on tour in July.
His second mixtape, 'Thursday', was released on August 18th 2011, and was also free from his website.
In 2012, he signed with Republic Records as well as creating a joint venture with his own label, 'Imprint Label'.
He released a compilation album in 2012, called 'Trilogy', which was released under his own label and Republic Records.
He began his US tour as well as performing at Coachella Festival.
He released his debut studio album in 2013, 'Kiss Land', which included the songs "Kiss Land" and "Live For".
In May 2013, 'Trilogy' was certified Platinum by the RIAA.
In June 2014, he announced he would be headlining the 'King Of The Fall' tour, and ScHoolboy Q and Jhene Aiko would be supporting.
He released his track 'King Of The Fall' on July 20th in order to support his upcoming tour.
"Love Me Harder" was released on September 30th 2014, featuring Ariana Grande. 
It peaked at number 7 on the Billboard hot 100 Chart.
"Earned It" was released in December 2014 for the 2015 film 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Here's Why Music Fans Are Salty About This Year's Grammy Nominations


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The nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards are finally here, but it's left a lot of people scratching their heads in bewilderment. Not only are there a number of names on there that have somehow avoided hitting the radar all year, but there are also a few prominent artists missing from certain categories.

The Weeknd at Uncut Gems premiere 2019 / Photo Credit: Image Press Agency/NurPhoto/PA ImagesThe Weeknd at Uncut Gems premiere 2019 / Photo Credit: Image Press Agency/NurPhoto/PA Images

Perhaps the most notable is the absence of The Weeknd from all categories; a remarkable notion when you consider the fact that After Hours is his most iconic release yet, with the song Blinding Lights being one of the most well-played tracks of the year. The Weeknd hasn't taken this snub lying down either, Tweeting earlier today: "The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency..."

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March Favourites 2020: Childish Gambino, Conan Gray And The Weeknd Stand Out As Some Of The Best Albums Of 2020 So Far


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It's been a terrible month for music with the coronavirus destroying the live circuit and condemning us to our homes, but it's not been all bad. We've had these incredible albums to listen to. Silver linings!

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Donald Glover's fourth album, his first RCA release and supposedly his final release under his "Childish Gambino" moniker, is probably one of the most exciting albums of 2020 so far. 3.15.20 is a conceptual, trippy record with a rich, retro vibe. We're not even mad that most of the tracks don't have proper titles; we'll make it our business to learn them anyway.

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Weekly Music Highlights: Musicians Band Together For Nashville, Coronavirus Cancels SXSW And Genesis Announce Comeback Tour


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The coronavirus seems to be affecting every area of our lives including music at the moment, so we've decided to give it its own section in our Weekly Music Highlights. Along with the Nashville tornado disaster and Riz Ahmed's Brexit truths, we hope music will be a way to bring us together in these tough times. 

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The home of country music, Nashville, Tennessee, was struck by four tornadoes on Tuesday (March 3rd) killing 25 people and destroying numerous buildings and homes. Today a benefit gig under the name 'To Nashville, With Love' will take place at the Marathon Music Works, with acts such as Soccer Mommy, Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlile, Dan Auerbach and more set to perform. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift has donated $1million to a relief fund and expressed her own devastation over the damage of the city she calls home, and a number of guitar companies such as Gibson, Heritage and Harmony are also offering their support to any musicians who may have lost equipment in the disaster with new replacement schemes.

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Ten Huge Albums We're Looking Forward To In 2019


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Happy New Year, music lovers! 2018 was a cracker for great albums, and the coming 12 months also promises to shape up. Here’s just ten of the most exciting new album releases scheduled for 2019.

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Lana Del Rey has been teasing the release of her fifth studio album, with the working title Norman F***ing Rockwell, since the end of the summer. This week, she trailed it with the release of new single and video, with the unwieldy title ‘hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me…but I have it’, representing the fourth cut from the LP. There’s no release date as yet, but the last we heard LDR5 was going to appear in the first half of 2019.

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The Weeknd And Daft Punk Sued For Plagiarism Over 'Starboy'


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The Weeknd and Daft Punk are being sued by a singer-songwriter for plagiarism regarding elements of their collaborative track ‘Starboy’.

The French dance music hooked up with The Weekend – real name Abel Tesfaye – worked on the 2016 hit single ‘Starboy’ together, the lead single from The Weeknd’s album of the same name. Now, according to TMZ, the two artists are the subject of a reported $5 million lawsuit from Somali-American poet and singer Yasminah, who claims they ripped off her song ‘Hooyo’.

Yasmin ‘Yasminah’ Mohamed, who recorded her track way back in 2009, accuses The Weeknd and Daft Punk of “stealing the beat” for their track, as well as utilising the “same hook, same key and a similar tempo”.

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The Weeknd And Bella Hadid Fuel Reunion Rumours After They're Spotted Kissing At Cannes


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More than a year after they called off their relationship and went their separate ways, Bella Hadid and R&B singer The Weeknd are rumoured to be rekindling their romance after they were spotted kissing at Cannes this week.

The former couple were seen together sharing a kiss at the Magnum x Alexander Wang party at the Cannes Film Festival in the south of France on Thursday night (May 10th). They greeted each other with a hug and a kiss, having both arrived separately, but later they were spotted locking lips, and Hadid stroking his face.

The latest development came after they were allegedly spotted backstage together after The Weeknd’s headline set at California’s Coachella festival a few weeks ago. However, Hadid quickly moved to shut down the rumours of a reunion, saying “it wasn’t me”.

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The Weeknd Drops Surprise New Album 'My Dear Melancholy'


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The Weeknd has stirred his fans into a frenzy by releasing a new surprise album in time for the Easter weekend, titled My Dear Melancholy.

Speculation had been rife over the previous few weeks that the megastar R&B singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, has been working on new material.

On Thursday evening (March 29th), The Weeknd’s official Instagram page refreshed with an image of some shadowy red and black artwork, with ‘My Dear Melancholy’ written in the top-left corner, and simply captioned ‘tonight’.

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Fans Hope For Eminem And Beyonce Stage Collaboration At Coachella 2018


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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2018 is just weeks away and with this New Year comes a spectacular new line-up. Festival organisers have now confirmed the three weekend headliners as The Weeknd, Beyonce and Eminem respectively, and tickets are on sale later this week. 

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Eminem will be taking over the much coveted spot of Sunday headliner at Coachella this year, treating his audience to a few numbers from his latest album 'Revival'. With Beyonce preceding him on the Saturday, there's a good chance we might see their first live collaboration of their song 'Walk on Water' from the rapper's new record.

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Will Eminem Join Beyonce To Headline Coachella 2018?


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Eminem is rumoured to be headlining next year’s Coachella Festival, alongside Beyonce and The Weeknd.

The annual festival, which is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California will take place over the weekends of April 13-15 and April 20-22 next year.

EminemIs Eminem set to headline Coachella 2018, alongside Beyonce and The Weeknd?

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The Weeknd Deletes Instagram Posts Featuring Selena Gomez


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The Weeknd has deleted all of his Instagram posts that featured Selena Gomez.

The 27-year-old singer recently split from Selena after 10 months of dating, and he has now decided to remove any trace of his ex-girlfriend from his page on the photo-sharing website.

The Canadian star previously had a number of sweet snaps of Selena on his page, including one dating back to April this year in which she is seen clutching his face and giving him a kiss on the cheek.

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Victoria's Secret Models along with Lady GaGa, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd on the catwalk at the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show held at Grand Palais, Paris, France - Wednesday 30th November 2016

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The Weeknd seen arriving at the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) held at the Ahoy Arena, Rotterdam, Netherlands - Sunday 6th November 2016

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Bella Hadid, The Weeknd , Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye - Bella Hadid and her boyfriend Abel Makkonen Tesfaye aka The Weeknd, leave Cirque Le Soir Nightclub at 3am - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 2nd June 2016

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The Weeknd

Date of birth

16th February, 1990

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.80






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