The mu­si­cians The Weeknd

Glamour (South Africa) - - Men -

We wouldn’t mind a week­end get­away with this Can­dian singer­song­writer, who has been ac­tive in the mu­sic in­dus­try since 2010. Cit­ing icons Prince and Michael Jackson as his ma­jor in­flu­ences, The Weeknd (aka Abel Makkon­nen Tesfaye) says the lat­ter in­spired him to pur­sue a singing ca­reer.

We can’t fault his taste, but it was only with the re­lease of the 26 year old’s se­cond al­bum, Beauty Be­hind the Mad­ness, that peo­ple started to pay at­ten­tion – in­clud­ing model Bella Ha­did, whom he dated for over a year. The al­bum was his first num­ber one on the US Bill­board 200, win­ning him a 2015 Amer­i­can Mu­sic Award for Fa­vorite Soul/r&b Al­bum and plac­ing him in the 2017 Guin­ness World Records for Most Streamed Al­bum on Spo­tify in One Year. As for his hit sin­gles ‘The hills’ and ‘Can’t feel my face’, they reached num­ber one on charts world­wide and held si­mul­ta­ne­ous top three po­si­tions on Bill­board’s Hot R&B Songs chart, mak­ing The Weeknd the first ever artist to achieve this.

He fur­ther ce­mented his place among the bests last year when he won a Grammy for Best R&B Per­for­mance and for Best Ur­ban Con­tem­po­rary Al­bum, and his song ‘Earned it’ was nom­i­nated for an Acad­emy Award for Best Orig­i­nal Song in Fifty Shades of Grey.

More like 50 shades of hot!

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.