The Weeknd is the nom de plume of singer-songwriter Abel Tesfaye.
His brand of expressive and brutally honest R&B is called “PBR&B.” The “PBR” part refers to Pabst Blue Ribbon, a beer enjoyed by hipsters (ironically of course).
A more descriptive and less tongue-in-cheek name for The Weeknd’s genre is alternative R&B.
Tesfaye pipes remind one of Michael Jackson (who just so happens to be one of the singer’s major influences) or any of the big time R&B singers from the 1980s.
Musically, The Weeknd has been compared to Frank Ocean, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and J. Cole.
On the stage, The Weeknd is a vibrant and emotional performer. The Weeknd tickets have been sold to several headlining tours including “The Weeknd Kiss Land Fall Tour (2013),” “King of the Fall (2014),” and “The Madness Fall Tour (2015).”
The Weeknd has also performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Bumbershoot.
When it comes to the mysterious Weeknd there are a few questions that need to be answered. After all, he won’t answer them—Tesfaye doesn’t say much outside of his music and social networking sites.
Why No “E?”
Tesfaye dropped the third “e” from “Weekend” to avoid confusion with the band The Weekend.
Interestingly, both The Weeknd and The Weekend are from Ontario, Canada. To be exact, The Weeknd is from Scarborough while The Weekend is from London.
The band with the third “e” in their name started in 1998 while Tesfaye‘s career began in 2010.
Why Is His First Album Called “Trilogy?”
The Weeknd’s first album is called “Trilogy” but a trilogy is a set of three related works.
The debut album is called Trilogy because it’s a compilation of three mixtapes The Weeknd released in 2011: House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence.
To further hammer home the idea of “three,” Trilogy contains three previously-unreleased songs.
Trilogy dropped in 2012. It was followed by Kiss Land in 2013 and Beauty Behind the Madness in 2015.
Does The Weeknd Know Drake?
Do you think that just because The Weeknd and Drake are Canadian they know each other?
Well, they do.
Drake helped generate interest in The Weeknd’s YouTube videos. The two have also collaborated and toured together.
Can The Weeknd Speak Another Language Other Than English?
The Weeknd speaks and sings in English but the first language he learned was Amharic. That’s the official language of Ethiopia and the second most spoken Semitic language (after Arabic) in the world.