With his slow, soulful take on R&B, seeing the Weeknd perform is a ticket into a world of great sound and deep feeling. His path from YouTube mystery man to one of the hottest names in music has left him in demand wherever his next show lands, so don’t miss your chance to be there when his next concert kicks off.
Abel Tesfaye started out as the son of Somali immigrants on Toronto’s east end, with a childhood shaped by an absent father and drugs—and a dream shaped by Michael Jackson. He left high school a year short of graduation to start making music instead, leaving home for a long weekend that turned into a career.
For the first few years, his music spoke for itself, as he crafted a persona as the man of mystery behind a stream of slow jams that made waves across the Internet. By the time he teamed up with Drake for his first commercial album, Kiss Land in 2013, he’d already been noticed by critics and fans alike, and since then he’s been living up to the hype.
The Weeknd’s music comes with a style that takes cues from R. Kelly, Prince, and Michael Jackson, to the point where “Dirty Diana” helped to inspire him to start songwriting. With threads of soul, hip hop, alt-rock, and funk, he takes an unvarnished look at the world of wild nights and mornings after, delivered with a slow tempo and rolling bass that can’t help but sweep you along.
The formula has taken him to the top of the charts with albums from Kiss Land to Starboy. Along the way, he contributed songs to blockbusters like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Fifty Shades of Grey, which got him an Academy Award nomination and his first Grammy Award for “Earned It.” See for yourself how The Weeknd captivates a room with tickets to experience his next show.