Black Concert: The Weeknd Live in Atlanta Saturday 5-13!
Details: The Weeknd, Rae Sremmurd, Belly, 6lack
In late 2010, Tesfaye anonymously uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name “The Weeknd”. He released three nine-track mixtapes throughout 2011: House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence, which were critically acclaimed. In 2012, he released a compilation album Trilogy, thirty tracks consisting of the remastered mixtapes and three additional songs. It was released under Republic Records and his own label XO.
In 2013, he released his debut studio album Kiss Land, which was supported by the singles “Kiss Land” and “Live For”. His second album, Beauty Behind the Madness, which became his first number one album on the US Billboard 200, included the top-three single “Earned It” and produced the number-one singles “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face”. The songs have simultaneously held the top three spots on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, making him the first artist in history to achieve this.
The Weeknd has won two Grammy Awards and has been nominated for an Academy Award, as well as five Juno Awards. In September 2016, the release of the third album Starboy was announced along with the release of the single “Starboy”, which subsequently reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Tesfaye met producer Jeremy Rose, who had an idea for a dark R&B musical project called “The Weeknd”. After trying to pitch the idea to musician Curtis Santiago, Rose played one of his instrumentals for Tesfaye, who freestyled over it, and they began working on an album. He produced three songs – “What You Need”, “Loft Music”, and “The Morning” – and others that Tesfaye rapped on, which Rose ultimately scrapped. Rose let Tesfaye keep the tracks he had produced under the condition that he would ultimately be credited for them.
However, in December 2010, Tesfaye uploaded “What You Need”, “Loft Music” and “The Morning” to YouTube under the name “The Weeknd”, though his identity was initially unknown.[ The songs drew attention online through word of mouth, including a blog featuring the songs posted by rapper Drake, who also helped generate interest in The Weeknd. They subsequently received coverage from outlets such as Pitchfork Media and The New York Times.
On 21 March 2011, Tesfaye released the nine-track mixtape House of Balloons for free through his website. It featured production by Illangelo and Doc McKinney, although it did not credit Rose for his tracks. House of Balloons was met with critical acclaim, and was named as one of ten shortlisted nominees for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.
In July, Tesfaye embarked on a tour and delivered his first performance at the Mod Club in Toronto. The hour-and-a-half long performance created buzz about him. His next performance took place at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. He collaborated extensively with rapper Drake lending his vocals to several standout tracks on Drake’s Multi-Platinum Take Care album and appeared as one of the special guests to Drake’s second Annual OVO Fest on 31 July 2011.
During the summer, the press noted that The Weeknd refused to participate in interviews and chose to only communicate via Twitter. His second mixtape Thursday was released on 18 August 2011, as a free digital download from The Weeknd’s website, and was well received by critics. The Weeknd’s third mixtape, titled Echoes of Silence, was released on 21 December 2011. Upon this release, the three 2011 mixtapes were collectively known as the Balloons Trilogy, each receiving critical acclaim and growing Tesfaye’s fanbase.
Glass Table Girls
As You Are
In the Night
(Ty Dolla $ign cover)
High for This
Tell Your Friends
Can’t Feel My Face
Ceremonials Tour (with Florence and the Machine) (2012)
The 20/20 Experience World Tour (with Justin Timberlake) (2013)
Would You Like a Tour? (with Drake) (2014
Beauty Behind the Madness (2015)