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The Weeknd

The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, is a recording artist. He was born on February 16, 1990 and was raised as an only child by his mom, Samra, and his grandmother in Toronto. His dad, Makkonen, was absent for most of his life. His mom emigrated from Ethiopia in the 1980s and The Weeknd remains close to his roots. Growing up, he went to Ethiopian Orthodox church and lists Amharis as his first language. The musician never completed high school. The Weeknd credits fellow Canadian and friend Drake for helping to launch his career. He draws musical inspiration from Michael Jackson and has a special affinity for “Dirty Diana.” In 2011, he released three mixtapes, which became his first album, titled “Trilogy.” The Weeknd’s next album was “Kiss Land,” but it was the one that followed, “Starboy,” that broke all sorts of Spotify records in 2016. He also worked with pop producer Max Martin to re-write the Arianna Grande hit “Love Me Harder” and sang “Earned It” from the “50 Shades of Grey” soundtrack. He was once known for his outrageous hairstyle, but has since opted for a more mainstream look. The Weeknd often finds himself in the tabloids for his love life. He dated model Bella Hadid for 18 months until they split in November 2016. He began seeing singer/actress Selena Gomez soon after. They were first spotted together in January 2017.

The Weeknd and Daft Punk Sued for Stealing 'Starboy'

The Weeknd & Daft Punk
Sued for Stealing 'Starboy'

If The Weeknd's huge hit, "Starboy," had a familiar sound, it's not because Daft Punk produced it ... it's because the song is a rip-off ... or so another artist claims in a lawsuit. A… READ MORE >

The Weeknd and Bella Hadid Back Together in Los Angeles

The Weeknd & Bella Hadid
Look At Us Kiss We're Back Together!!!

This very public --and passionate -- kiss can only mean one thing ... The Weeknd and Bella Hadid are totally back together and now they want EVERYONE to know. The superstar couple reunited Sunday… READ MORE >

- 25 days ago
NBA's Elfrid Payton Reveals New Look After Chopping Signature Haircut

NBA's Elfrid Payton
Chops Off Signature Hair ... Reveals New Look

WHY!?!?!?!?! Phoenix Suns guard Elfrid Payton looks like a completely different person now ... 'cause the dude just chopped off his signature hairdo ... and we really don't know what to do… READ MORE >

- 126 days ago
The Weeknd and Bella Hadid Back Together in Cannes

The Weeknd & Bella Hadid
In Case You Haven't Figured it Out ... We're Back Together!!!

The Weeknd and Bella Hadid might wanna bone up on a few key phrases now that they're back together in the south of France. Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ... comes to mind. The exes tried to make a… READ MORE >

- 133 days ago
Belly and Bodyguard Try to Shield Each Other During Coachella Attack

Rapper & Bodyguard Shield Each Other While Attacked By 20 Coachella Venue Security Guards

Belly and his personal bodyguard tried desperately to protect each other during an unprovoked attack by nearly 20 members of Coachella's security team. We've obtained another angle from Friday… READ MORE >

- 151 days ago
Rapper Belly Punched Repeatedly by Coachella Security During The Weeknd's Set

Rapper Belly
Wailed On by Coachella Guards ... Crazy Vid During The Weeknd's Set!!

Belly was the recipient of several flying fists from security guards during The Weeknd's performance at Coachella ... even though the rapper performed at the fest earlier in the night. Belly --… READ MORE >

- 152 days ago
The Weeknd Just Enjoying The Single Life At Coachella

The Weeknd
Totally Single ... Despite Coachella Rumors

The Weeknd was seen partying with a ton of hot chicks at Coachella ... but he isn't locked down by a single one. Abel -- who headlined the festival on Friday -- was spotted with Chantel Jeffries,… READ MORE >

- 155 days ago
Beyonce's Coachella Performance Sets YouTube Live Stream Record

Queen of YouTube ... Coachella Weekend #1 is a Record!!

Beyonce's got YouTube crazy in love thanks to her Coachella performance which set a live stream record. Bey's Saturday performance drew 458k simultaneous viewers on YouTube ... the most ever for a… READ MORE >

- 156 days ago
The Weeknd Shows Off PDA with Bieber's Ex, Chantel Jeffries, at Coachella

The Weeknd at Coachella
Another Year, Another Bieber Ex ... Eskimo Bros. Pt 2?

The Weeknd appears to be swooping in on more of Justin Bieber's leftovers at Coachella -- this time getting cozy with Chantel Jeffries.  Abel was spotted Saturday night at Day 2 of the… READ MORE >

- 159 days ago
The Weeknd Fighting Over 'Starboy' Trademark

The Weeknd
Don't Get It Twisted ... I'm The Only Freakin' Starboy!!!

The Weeknd's lawyers want the real "Starboy" to please stand up -- as Eminem might put it -- 'cause they say it's definitely not the dude who's trying to jack the handle. The singer's… READ MORE >

- 173 days ago
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