The Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye February 16, 1990) is a Canadian R&B recording artist and record producer from Scarborough, Ontario.
Songs recorded under The Weeknd name first leaked in late 2010, though the identity of the individual behind the project was initially unknown. The Weeknd released a nine-song free album, “House of Balloons,” in March 2011. Production was headed up by Canadian producers Doc McKinney, Zodiac, Illangelo. In June 2011, “House of Balloons” was named as a shortlisted nominee for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.
The album was a part of a trilogy which included “Thursday,” released in August 2011, and “Echoes of Silence,” released in December 2011. Production for “Thursday” was again handled by producers Doc McKinney and Illangelo. Illangelo returned to produce the bulk of “Echoes of Silence,” which featured a take on Michael Jackson’s song, “Dirty Diana.”
What can technically be consider his debut album, “Trilogy,” consisting of remastered versions of the three mixtapes he has already released and three new tracks, “Twenty Eight,” “Valerie” and “Til Dawn,” was issued in November 2012. It was released under Universal Republic Records, and his own label XO.