The Weeknd: His Journey


Adiana Gallardo, Reporter

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, is one of the most known artists today. The 30- year-old Canadian singer became famous at the age of 20 by releasing anonymous recordings of his music online. He posted under the name The Weeknd which later on became the name he is now known by. A year later The Weeknd then released mixtapes like House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, and very rapidly began to gain fame for his dark style of R&B.

In April of 2012 The Weeknd hit his debut on the Billboard of hot 100, assisting his fellow Canadian countryman Drake on Crew love. Later that year in November he hit his first hot 100 when he released Wicked Games on October 22, 2012. In 2012 The Weeknd signed with Republic Records and re-released his previous mixtapes for his compilation album Trilogy. From then on he started his album Kissland and released it in 2013 followed by Beauty Behind the Madness (2015) which was one of the best selling albums in 2015 and won best urban contemporary album as well as it being nominated for album of the year at the 2016 Grammy awards.

The Weeknd’s third album Starboy was within a similar commercial success and won best urban contemporary album at the 2018 Grammy awards. Then he started to make his album After hours and was released in 2020 featuring his singles Heartless and Blinding lights that was released 2019 as a sneak peek for what was coming up next.