Abel McConnell Tesfaye, also known as The Weeknd is a Canadian singer and songwriter known for his outspoken rhetoric about sex and drugs and delivering these topics lyrically through a frequent combination of rapid falsetto and abnormal beats.

Tesfaye's mother and grandmother immigrated to Canada from Ethiopia in the 1980s, and his first language was Amharic. He dropped out of school in 11th grade, left his family, and was buried in a life of extreme partying. Tesfaye eventually got a job at American Apparel where he found time to start writing songs about his life and loneliness. He eventually met Jeremy Rose who ran a music and production business and they started a collaboration. The songs they made were released under the name "The Weeknd" as audio files on YouTube in late 2010. His reputation has grown astronomically since the release of these songs, with one factor being that it got the attention of Canadian rapper Drake, as he eventually posted The Weeknd’s songs on his blog.

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