The former YouTuber, The Weeknd is a Canadian songwriter, singer and music producer. In 2011, he released three mixtapes ‘House of Balloons’, ‘Thursday’ and ‘Echoes of Silence’ all of which included nine tracks each, and gained critical acclaim from the music industry. His songs ‘Earned It’, ‘The Hills’ and ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ held the top three spots on US billboard, setting a record under his name, making him the only artist whose consecutive songs had achieved this. Weeknd is a two time Grammy winner, with nine Juno Awards. He released his third album ‘Starboy’ last year in September, which topped the Billboard top 100 charts.
The Weeknd Biography and Family
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye was born in 1990 on 16th February in Toronto. He was the only child to Ethiopian immigrants Makkonen and Samra Tesfaye. He belonged to a poor family and lived in a multicultural neighborhood. His mother used to work through several jobs and also attended her night school. His father abandoned him and his mother, pushing them on to his maternal grandmother.
He became addicted to drugs at the age of 11; he describes his childhood as a shady time, where he used to shoplift, and turned to hard drugs like MDMA, cocaine, Ketamine etc.
During the early 2012 he was dating Alice Ustinova. After which he started dating super model Bella Hadid, they separated last year.
With the start of this year, Weeknd started dating former Disney actress Selena Gomez. The couple is seen holding hands and having late night dinners every other day on celebrity gossip websites.
He completed his schooling from a local school in his neighborhood. Later he went on to join West Hill Collegiate Institute and Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute, but didn’t complete any of them.
He started his professional music career with YouTube in 2010, where he uploaded videos under the channel name ‘The Weeknd’. In 2011, he launched three mixtapes ‘House of Balloons’, ‘Thursday’ and ‘Echoes of Silence’.
After which he launched a trilogy, which included the best tracks from these mixtapes including a few more extra songs. In total this ‘Trilogy’ album consisted of 30 songs.
He debuted with his first studio album ‘Kiss Land’ in 2013, for whose promotion he even went on a stretched tour. Following this he released his second album ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’ which earned him more fame and praise. It also ranked no. 1 on US Billboard 200.
The Weeknd Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $32 Million US Dollars
The recording artist has made quite a few millions with his constant touring. He has been in the industry for 7 years now and has initiated five of his own tours including ‘The Weeknd International Tour 2012’, ‘The Weeknd Fall Tour’, ‘The Weeknd Kiss Land Fall Tour 2013’, ‘King of the Fall 2014’ and ‘The Madness Fall Tour 2015’, all of these turned out to be ‘sold out’ shows. Apart from his album sales and views on social media websites and downloads, he makes enough money through his concerts and tours to fulfill all of his luxurious fantasies. The net worth of this ‘Starboy’ singer is estimated to be worth $32 million US dollars as of 2017.
The Weeknd Business Model
He is known for his active and generous donations and charitable acts. He donated $50,000 in University of Toronto, for language class of Ethiopia. He merged with Ryan Seacrest’s foundation in 2015 in Atlanta to visit several children hospitals. He also gave $250,000 in 2016 to the Black Lives Matter campaign.
He also owns a record label company ‘XO’.
In 2015, Abel was sentenced to dedicate 50 hours to community service, as a punishment as for hitting a police officer in Las Vegas.
Currently the ‘StarBoy’ is making headlines because of his romantic involvement with singer Selena Gomez.
Abel is all set to hit the road for his promotional tour for his third studio album ‘Starboy’, the tour is named after the album, ‘Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour’.
He is definitely one of the best R&B artists in the world. With his soulful lyrics and relatable upbeat music, he is taking over the music industry with a storm. We hope to see more of his work in the future, maybe a collaboration with his now singer girlfriend, Selena Gomez.