[231] With the profit, Tesfaye donated $500,000 each to MusiCares and $500,000 to his hometown front-line hospital workers of the Scarborough Health Network in Ontario, Canada for a total of $1 million to COVID-19 relief. Who's excited?! [233][234][226] In August 2016, Tesfaye donated $250,000 to Black Lives Matter. The Weeknd Blinding Lights Red Coat. [132][133] Tesfaye revealed the album's title, After Hours, and release date, March 20, 2020, on February 19, 2020, and released the album's title track as a promotional single simultaneously. [163] His music incorporates samples that are unconventional in R&B production, including punk and alternative rock. [181] Tesfaye has collaborated with artists and designers such as Kidult, Alexander Wang[186] and Futura[187] for small-lived and sometimes exclusive capsule collections. [149] Tesfaye took to his social media to criticize the Recording Academy, claiming corruption. He was raised in a multicultural neighbourhood in Scarborough. [161] Marc Hogan of Spin says that Tesfaye's samples tend "to draw from rock critic-approved sources, though generally ones that already share elements of his sexual menace", with samples of artists such as Beach House, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Aaliyah. [235][226] In May 2020, in response to the killing of George Floyd, the ongoing protests in reaction, and racial violence in the United States, Tesfaye donated $500,000 to Black Lives Matter, Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp, and the National Bail Out; he also posted on his official Instagram account to spread awareness. On Thursday (February 04) the singer's reps officially confirmed that The Weeknd is not dead. [75][76] He occupied all three slots on Billboard's Hot R&B Songs chart simultaneously with the aforementioned singles, becoming the first artist in history to accomplish this. [46] Covering "Dirty Diana" at his performance in London, he received positive responses from both Katy Perry and Florence Welch, who noted the singer's ability to successfully undertake a complex song. Their boyfriends are 25. I never judged him. [145] He also debuted three live performances on Vevo in November 2020,[146] and performed at iHeartRadio's Jingle Ball alongside other artists on December 10, 2020. Rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction on Wednesday after a ‘R.I.P. [210], Tesfaye's hairstyle has been claimed to be partly inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat and has been described as his most recognizable trait. [176] PAX also acted as an official sponsor for the tour, presenting special backstage VIP activations for fans who bought packages that included the e-cigarette. The Weeknd may be known for his graphic music videos and performances featuring blood and violence, but the three-time Grammy winner says he will tone down his act during the Super Bowl halftime show Within the first 45 seconds of the video, The Weeknd as we know him is dead, snuffed out by a new version of himself in a frighteningly literal representation of artistic evolution. [113][114][115] On March 29, 2018, a billboard appeared in London, England promoting a possible album titled My Dear Melancholy,[116] and on the same day the project was officially announced. [31][32] The mixtape included production from Canadian producers Illangelo and Doc McKinney, and included the tracks produced by Rose, although, he did not receive production credits. His f… They all went platinum in the United States. Where as some trusting fans believed the post, others were immediately skeptical of the report, perhaps learning their lesson from the huge amount of fake death reports emerging about celebrities over recent months. It was reported earlier today that Abel Tesfaye, popularly known by his stage name, The Weeknd was found decapitated on the streets of community one when his wife, Liza run over him with her training wheeled bicycle. The Weeknd said he was "humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage.” ... Hal Holbrook, acclaimed actor best known for his portrayal of Mark Twain, dead at 95. Abel is alive and kicking and is currently 30 years old. He wasn't abusive, he wasn't an alcoholic, he wasn't an asshole. 3", "Alone on the podium: The Weeknd becomes first artist to take over Billboard R&B chart", "Apple's new musical faces - Drake and The Weeknd", "Latest Apple Music ads debut during MTV VMAs, feature The Weeknd & playlists", "The Weeknd's 'Beauty Behind the Madness' Debuts at No. [194], On August 31, 2020, Variety reported that Tesfaye partnered with TD Bank to launch Black Hxouse, an entrepreneurial initiative. [166], Tesfaye has helped broaden R&B's musical palette to incorporate indie and electronic styles; his work has been categorized with the alternative R&B tag. [38] This was credited[by whom?] The campaign would feature new collaborative pieces developed with the singer's brand, and was released on March 2, 2017. However the February 2021 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. [25][29] The songs subsequently received coverage from various media outlets, including Pitchfork and The New York Times. 255 were here. I don't even know where he lived — I'd see him for, like, a night. They made a red carpet appearance as a couple at the 2016 Grammy Awards. [77] He headlined FVDED in the Park, a festival in Surrey, British Columbia. [199] On November 11, 2016, it was reported that the couple had split, citing their conflicting schedules as the rationale for ending the relationship. [69], After Tesfaye won the Centric Award at the 2015 BET Awards, he performed "Earned It" with Alicia Keys, as well as debuting the song "The Hills". [22][209] He later altered the handles on his social media to reflect his stage name in preparation for the release of Starboy. as an advertising tactic for Tesfayes second mixtape Thursday, which was released on August 18, 2011. [126], On November 24, 2019, "Blinding Lights", the expected lead single of his fourth studio album, was announced via a Mercedes-Benz commercial on German television. Drake] [Clean]: The Weeknd: MP3 Downloads", "Keith Urban Edges The Weeknd for No. [129] In promotion of the upcoming album, episode seven of the Weeknd's manager Cash's Memento Mori Beats 1 radio show was released on November 27, 2019. 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[124] On May 5, Tesfaye, SZA and Travis Scott released the music video for their Game of Thrones-inspired track. [241], Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer, Recording Industry Association of America, List of awards and nominations received by The Weeknd, "Sex, Drugs and R&B: Inside The Weeknd's Dark Twisted Fantasy", "The Reasons Why The Weeknd is at the Top of His Career", "On the Weeknd, House of Balloons, and Its Massive Influence", "THE WEEKND CHANGES THE GAME FOR HIP-HOP AND R&B", "THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF 2020 - The Weeknd", "After Hours by The Weeknd reviews | Any Decent Music", "Soul Train Awards '20: Here's Why Each R&B/Soul Male Nominee Deserves The Top Spot - The Weeknd", "Can The Weeknd Turn Himself into the Biggest Pop Star in the World? [195] On September 9, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $221 million joint venture with Hxouse for Black Canadian entrepreneurs. The latter proved to be the second lead single from the soundtrack. [181] With this partnership, Tesfaye also released three capsule collections named PUMA X XO including T-shirts, caps, sweatpants, bomber jackets and a pair of shoes called the Parallels.[182][183]. [14][21], Tesfaye met Jeremy Rose in 2010, a producer who had an idea for a dark R&B musical project. [94], Tesfaye was featured on "FML", a track on Kanye West's The Life of Pablo. Tesfaye states he began smoking marijuana at age 11, and later moved on to harder drugs. Rose produced three songs – "What You Need", "Loft Music", and "The Morning" – and others that Tesfaye had rapped on, which were ultimately scrapped. To be a part of the Dead End Hip Hop Movement and stay up … [25] In December 2010, Tesfaye uploaded "What You Need", "Loft Music" and "The Morning" to YouTube under his stage name,[26] although his identity was initially unknown. [25] House of Balloons was met with critical acclaim. [161] Tesfaye possesses a wide light-lyric tenor vocal range, which spans over three octaves. On March 27, 2018, Tesfaye began publicity for a new official release in an Instagram post. [130] The single "Heartless" went on to debut at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 and later became his fourth number one single on the chart, the following week. Noted for his versatility in vocal style,[2] music production, and eccentric presentation,[3] The Weeknd is often cited as an influence to contemporary music, as well as by other artists. [47] In June, the Balloons Trilogy was revealed to have been downloaded over 8 million times, which allowed Tesfaye to initiate formal commercial release of the projects later that year. [102] A month later, the previously mentioned album's title was announced as Starboy, and had a release date of November 25. [120][121], In January 2019, French producer Gesaffelstein (who previously worked with Tesfaye on My Dear Melancholy,) began teasing a new collaboration. [219] One of the producers of the song has alleged to have sent a DM to Tom Raybould, the composer of the film's score to tell him about the sample. A year later, the Weeknd released the mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, and quickly earned a following and critic… Weekend of the Dead returns to Manchester 235 Casino March 2020! [167] Mistry writes that he "will be obsequiously praised as the future of R&B music—because [he] is a black singer, not because he's making quantifiable, canonical R&B". 1 Debut on Billboard 200", "The Weeknd To Open For Justin Timberlake On '20/20 Experience' Tour", "Album Review: Various Artists – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack", "Elastic Heart (From "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" Soundtrack) [feat. He's still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet,” they said. [125] On August 30, 2019, during the Telluride Film Festival, Tesfaye made his debut cinematic appearance in the film Uncut Gems. [17], His emotional, plaintive lyrics often express feelings of hurt and deal with subject matter such as sex,[158] drugs, and partying. [50] Trilogy charted at number four on the U.S. [12] He was awarded the Allan Slaight Award by Canada's Walk of Fame for "making a positive impact in the fields of music, film, literature, visual or performing arts, sports, innovation or philanthropy". Tesfaye moved to the Parkdale neighbourhood of Toronto. The couple were first seen together in May at Coachella[197][198] and Hadid later starred in his music video "In the Night" in December of the same year. [83][84] The album was promoted by Tesfaye headlining various summer music festivals, including Lollapalooza, the Hard Summer Music Festival, and the Bumbershoot Festival. His music this year was excellent, and his contributions to the music community and broader world are worthy of everyone's admiration. He stated that he "was proud to support his hometown by sharing the brilliant, ancient history of Ethiopia. [86][87] The album went double platinum in the US, and sold 1.5 million copies worldwide. [36] Over the summer of 2011, Tesfaye contributed to four songs on Drake's Take Care, both as a writer and a featured artist. [67] He later collaborated with Ariana Grande on a duet titled "Love Me Harder", which peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. They moved in together temporarily in September 2017,[201][202] but broke up a month later in October 2017. [119] Later in the year, on November 21, 2018, the compilation album The Weeknd in Japan was released and served as his first greatest hits album. [228][229] In June 2017, Tesfaye donated $100,000 to the Suubi Health Center, a maternity and children's medical facility in Budondo, Uganda. After initially trying to pitch the idea to musician Curtis Santiago, Rose played one of his instrumentals for Tesfaye, who freestyle rapped over it. 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