The Weeknd Schedule
Billed as the "songbird of his generation," The Weeknd surfaced in late 2010. Since his emergence
onto the Canadian PBR&B scene, The Weeknd has been recognized with a number of awards and nominations. For instance, he
claimed six awards in 2012 alone, which included the Juno Awards for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording
of the Year.
If you've never seen The Weeknd live, make sure you check him out at venues like the Barclays Center in
Brooklyn, New York; Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, Ontario; Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California; Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
in San Francisco, California; Downtown Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada; and more! Stay close to all of The Weeknd's planned
tours and sign up for event updates now through StubHub. Why wait?
The Weeknd Background
Scarborough, Ontario, Abel Tesfaye, aka "The Weeknd," jammed out to a vast range of music as a child, which included hip-hop,
indie rock, soul, quiet storm, funk and post-punk. At the age of 17, he left high school. As the story goes, he "left one
weekend and never came home." His exit from high school inspired his name, The Weeknd. Initially his name was intended to
be "The Weekend" but was tightened up to avoid conflict with a band out of Canada, who plays under the same moniker.
Weeknd committed to his music and worked independently. He buskered on street corners, made the club rounds and posted his
music online. His hard work paid off when the New York Times, Rolling Stone and other notable publications took notice. His
fan base continued to boom and The House of Balloons arrived in 2011 to a warm welcome. The mixtape brimmed with tunes he
had penned from previous years. Thursday and Echoes of Silence came out at no cost in that same year as well. A year later,
The Weeknd scored a coveted slot at the 2012 Coachella Music Festival and inked a record contract with Republic. Loaded with
tunes from his mixtape and some original material, Trilogy, a compilation album, was issued. But, his official premiere album
didn't drop until 2013. The album, Kiss Land, included a guest appearance by Drake and cracked the Billboard Hot 200 by settling
in at the No. 2 spot. It also rocketed to the top of the R7B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Fans and critics alike sang the praises
of the album, which yielded the tracks, "Live For" and "Belong to the World." In an interview with aceshowbiz.com, The Weeknd
said of the album, "Kiss Land symbolizes the tour life, but it's a world that I created in my head. Just like House of Balloons
symbolizes Toronto and my experiences there, but it's a world that I created. When I think about Kiss Land, I think about
a terrifying place. It's a place I've never been to before that I'm very familiar with. A lot of it is inspired by filmmakers
like John Carpenter, David Cronenberg and Ridley Scott, because they know how to capture fear. That's what Kiss Land is to
me, an environment that's just honest fear. I don't know who I am right now and I'm doing all these outlandish things in these
settings that I'm not familiar with."
He added, "To me, it's the most terrifying thing ever. So when you hear the screams
in the record and you hear all these horror references and you feel scared, listen to the music because I want you to feel
what I'm feeling. Kiss Land is like a horror movie."
Additionally, The Weeknd lent his talents to The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire soundtrack. In early 2014, he remixed "Drunk In Love," Beyonce's track. In the summer of 2014, The Weeknd revealed
that he would be embarking on a mini-tour across the nation in the fall of 2014.
The Weeknd Albums
Weeknd's discography includes: House of Balloons (2011); Thursday (2011); Echoes of Silence (2011); Trilogy (2012); and Kiss
The Weeknd Trivia
Did you know that before The Weeknd scored a major deal with a label, that
he concealed his identity? Yes, it's true. He put his mixtapes online, using a mysterious persona. For instance, on Twitter,
he punctuated his name with an "xo."
The Weeknd Concert Experience
The Weeknd's song, "Live For," off
his first official studio album, Kiss Land, features help from Drake, and wasreceived with significant acclaim. The Weeknd
furthered his success when the album scored the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200. Yet more notoriety was established when the
album sold 96,000 copies. Kiss Land was just 2,000 copies shy of beating out country star, Keith Urban's Fuse album sales
record. The musical content invokes the truth of emotion. Hermoine Hoby of The Guardian depicts The Weeknd's tunes as "narcotised-slow
jams." To catch this promising artist in action, pick up your tickets through StubHub now. The Weeknd delivers a stellar live
performance that you just can't afford to miss out on.