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Allegedly "shrouded in mystery" despite a social media presence (with accompanying photos) on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Soundcloud, and YouTube, as well as major support from fellow Torontonian Drake, alternative R&B act the Weeknd -- a solo outlet for vocalist Abel Tesfaye -- surfaced in March 2011 with House of Balloons. A nine-track, 50-minute mixtape made available for free download on the Weeknd website, House of Balloons was based in morose ballads filled with drug references and sexual longing. Sonically, there were clear traces of radio-friendly contemporary R&B à la Trey Songz, Jeremih, the-Dream, and Drake, while also appealing to listeners who favored left-of-center, production-over-songcraft exponents like Spacek and Sa-Ra. The mixtape, made by Tesfaye in collaboration with producers Doc McKinney and Illangelo, among others, garnered widespread coverage -- most of which was gushingly positive -- within days of its March 21 release. A second mixtape, Thursday (August 19), preceded several appearances on Drake's album Take Care. Echoes of Silence (December 21), the third Weeknd mixtape, followed just before the end of the year. The following June, "Crew Love," off Take Care, reached the Top Ten of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. A few months later, he was featured on another charting single, Wiz Khalifa's "Remember You." After Tesfaye signed with Universal Republic, the three Weeknd mixtapes were remastered and bundled with three new songs for Trilogy, issued in November 2012. The set debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart. The following April, Tesfaye won Juno Awards in the categories of Breakthrough Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. Trilogy was certified platinum by the RIAA the next month. Kiss Land, much darker in tone than its title implied, followed in September 2013 and debuted at number two. Out of its several singles, only "Live For," featuring Drake, touched the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Tesfaye had much more success with a series of non-album singles that followed. "Often," released in 2014, was a Top Ten R&B/Hip-Hop hit. He was featured on Ariana Grande's "Love Me Harder," which reached the Top Ten of the Hot 100 and went platinum in the U.S. "Earned It," featured in Fifty Shades of Grey, repeated the same feats. In 2015, Tesfaye issued "The Hills," a booming ballad, and "Can't Feel My Face," a disco-funk throwback, as the first two singles from Beauty Behind the Madness. The former cracked the Hot 100 Top 20, while the latter reached the chart's Top Ten. The album was issued that August and debuted at number one. ~ Andy Kellman
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Albums by
The Weeknd

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    Starboy

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    Starboy

    14 songs

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    Beauty Behind the Madness

    14 songs

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    Beauty Behind the Madness

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    Kiss Land

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    Kiss Land

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    Wanderlust

    30 songs

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    Trilogy [Edited Version]

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    Trilogy

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    Can't Feel My Face [Martin Garrix Remix]

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    The Hills [RL Grime Remix]

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    The Hills

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    Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)

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    Wanderlust

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    Live For

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    Belong To the World

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    Kiss Land

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    Wicked Games

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    Earned It

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    False Alarm

    10 songs

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    Echoes of Silence

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    Thursday

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    House of Balloons

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    House Of Balloons

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Top Songs by
The Weeknd

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  2.   Can't Feel My Face
  3.   Earned It
  4.   The Hills
  5.   Wicked Games
  6.   In the Night
  7.   Starboy by Daft Punk
  8.   High for This
  9.   The Morning
  10.   Often
  11.   D.D.
  12.   What You Need
  13.   Tell Your Friends
  14.   Same Old Song
  15.   The Birds Part 1
  16.   The Zone
  17.   Real Life
  18.   Wanderlust
  19.   Coming Down
  20.   Acquainted
  21.   Live For
  22.   Where You Belong
  23.   The Party and the After Party
  24.   Prisoner by Lana Del Rey
  25.   Devil May Cry
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Stations & Shows Featuring
The Weeknd

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    The Weeknd: DNA

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    Hip Hop Hits

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    Top 50 Hip Hop/R&B Songs of 2015

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    Top 50 Pop Songs of 2015

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    Overall Top 50 Songs of 2015

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    New Pop Now

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    Slacker 20: Take It Off!

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    Slacker 20: Fifty Shades of Grey

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    Slacker 20: MTV VMAs

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    Slacker 20: Grammys Best & Worst

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    Today's Hits

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    Contemporary R&B

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    Pride

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    Freak Me

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    Most Wanted: The Top 50 Hip Hop/R&B Songs in Slacker History

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    Top 50 Most Banned Songs of 2015

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    Frank Ocean: DNA

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    Hip Hop/R&B

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    New R&B Now

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    Hip Hop/R&B Hits

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    Smooth Jams

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    R&B Hits

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    Drake: DNA

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    Grammy Awards 2016

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