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Transcript of The Weeknd
The Weeknd's Awards
Who is He?
House of Balloons
Echoes of Silence and Thursday
Beauty Behind the Madness
Tesfaye got his name 'The Weeknd' by dropping out of high school, then coming home one weekend. He left later with a fellow crew-member, and never returned. He removed the 'e' in his name to avoid copyright issues with a Canadian band called: The Weekend.
The Origin of the Name
Rose wanted to scrap all the songs they had made so far, but Tesfaye kept them. Later, he uploaded 3 songs: 'The Morning', 'What You Need' and 'Loft Music' on to YouTube under the name: The Weeknd. Rose was not credited at all in these videos, and they both split up. The songs got popular by word of mouth, and landed on music websites.
In June of 2012, it was reported that Trilogy was downloaded a whopping 8 million times! The Weeknd further said that he would release a physical copy of Trilogy later that year with 3 CDS with each album, and 3 different posters. The Weeknd also reached 900+ million views on his YouTube music video: The Hills.
The Weeknd started going out on more tours with his crew members. The shows he performed at had sold-out tickets, and got a lot of praise from reviewers. In 2012, The Weeknd joined with Republic Records and made his own imprint: XO. He made remastered versions of his old songs, and made a Trilogy Album, which included remastered HOB, EOS and Thursday. The album also had a few new songs. He finally credited Rose properly in these remastered versions.
Tours and Xo
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, was born on February 16, 1990. He is currently 25 years old, and was born in Scarborough, ON. He is a R&B and Pop Singer, and has 6 albums out.
Tesfaye was raised by his grandmother, because his parents weren't around. He didn't know english at all either. He attended Samuel Hearnes M.S, then went to West Hill C.I. He listened to a lot of music growing up, as he wanted to be a singer.
Tesfaye went to go meet with Jeremy Rose in Toronto. He was a music producer, and wanted Tesfaye to freestyle over his R&B music. They started to make a few songs, which lead to an album in the making.
On March 21, 2011, The Weeknd released a 9-Track mixtape called: House of Balloons. He gave it for free through his website, and it got critical acclaim. The same year, he won the Polaris Music Prize.
On May 16, 2013, The Weeknd debuted his title track for his new album: Kiss Land. He said it would release it on September 10, and would include 6 singles from him and feature Drake. When it came out, it got generally good reviews from critics and sold 96,000+ copies.
The Weeknd went on Tour and performed in Toronto. He performed at the Mod Club and the Molson Canadian Ampitheatre. His performances created a lot of positive 'buzz' about him, and he also appeared with Drake during OVO Fest as a special guest.
After HOB, The Weeknd released 2 more mixtapes.
One was called: Thursday, and the other one was Echoes of Silence. They both got high review scores, and started to grow The Weeknd's fanbase.
The Weeknd has collaborated with a lot of people such as:
Lana Del Ray
Ty Dolla $ign
And MANY more!
On August 28, 2015, the Weeknd released his newest album, Beauty Behind the Madness. It featured 14 songs, and had the second most successful launch. It received critcal acclaim, and was in the top ten in more than ten countries for 2-3 weeks.
The Weeknd has received 10 awards this year.
These awards are:
BET Centric Award (For Earned It)
MuchMusic Video Award 2015 (For Often)
Juno Award for Artist of the Year
Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year
MuchMusic Award for Most Buzzworthy Canadian
Juno Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
MuchMusic Video Award for Pop Video of the Year
MuchMusic Video Award for Director of the Year
YouTube Music Award
Allan Slaight Award for Canadian Rising Stars
WOW, that's A LOT of awards.
Losers - A song about the Weeknd's School and music life
Thanks for Watching and Listening!
Created By: Musaad Hydary
The Weeknd as a child, in his backyard
The Weeknd, right now.
Abel in middle school, and his graduation from M.S
Abel with Jeremy Rose
The cover photo of Loft Music and The Morning
The cover photo for the House of Balloons
The cover photos for the albums Echoes of Silence and Thursday
The Weeknd at Drake's annual OVO Fest, as a special guest
The Weeknd on Tour, and the XO logo with it's slogan
A fan art cover photo for The Hills, and the physical version of Trilogy
The cover picture for the Weeknd's Kiss Land album
The cover picture for the album Beauty Behind the Madness
Kanye West and Ed Sheeran
Cover Picture Fan Art for the song Losers