Quotes from The Weeknd

"Baby I’m a pro at letting go, I love it when they come and go."

"I ain’t scared of the fall. I’ve felt the ground before."

"I’m the drug in your veins, just fight through the pain."

"Happiness exists when you don’t know a thing."

How it all started...

The Weeknd first broke into the mainstream mindset with his Ariana Grande “Love Me Harder" collaboration last year, and he’s only gotten bigger since. He’s performed on SNL, had multiple hits on the charts. The Weeknd has also become known for his unmistakable, one-of-a-kind hairdo. So who is The Weeknd really?

The face behind it all

Born Abel Tesfaye, he is an R&B performer whose debut album, Trilogy, was gold-certified. He has won multiple awards. One award is the Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Abel started gaining a following after uploading his songs to YouTube in 2010. He went on to release a mixtape called House of Balloons, which was met with much praise from the public. Abel was born in Toronto, Canada on February 16, 1990.

He is the son of Ethiopian immigrants but has had little contact with his father. His father left the family when the Weeknd was only a toddler. His early musical influences ranged from traditional Ethiopian music to the "King of Pop," Michael Jackson. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the Weeknd specifically cited the impact of Jackson’s 1979 hit "Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough," describing it as "the song that helped me find my voice. It’s the reason I sing.”

Abel was never shy about displaying his vocal talents, he started recording his efforts while in high school. After dropping out, he continued exploring his interest in music, and soon released a free download called House of Balloons in 2011, along with two more mixtapes, helped push his career forward. Abel worked with Drake on his 2011 album, Take Care, which featured several tracks from House of Balloons, and landed a deal with Universal’s Republic Records.