In celebration of The Weeknd Day this Saturday, September 9th we thought we would gather a few fun facts about our fellow Canadian, Juno Award winning artist that we all love. Recognized by his unruly hair and high-flying vocals in songs such as “Can’t Feel My Face” and “Starboy”, he continues to top the charts and fill our radios with hits that give us the feels all year round.
So . . . how well do you think you know The Weeknd? Test your knowledge below!
FACT #1: The Weeknd’s real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye.
FACT #2: The Weeknd was born on February 16, 1990 and was raised in Scarborough, Toronto.
FACT #3: His parents, Makkonen and Samra, migrated to Canada from Ethiopia in the 1980’s. Abel’s father was not around much growing up and his mother worked all the time, so he was raised by his grandmother who made a routine of taking him to church every week.
FACT #4: The first language Abel learned was Amharic.
FACT #5: After dropping out of high-school at the age of 17, Abel and fellow ‘XO’ crew member Lamar, left Scarborough one weekend and never came home. Because of that infamous ‘weekend’, the stage name ‘The Weeknd’ was born.
FACT #6: So why drop the ‘e’ in ‘weekend’ you may wonder? The spelling was modified to avoid potential trademark issues with a pre-existing, fellow Canadian band that already claimed the name ‘The Weekend’.
FACT #7: In December 2010, Abel uploaded three songs to a YouTube channel he had made under the name ‘The Weeknd’ and drew international attention including that of fellow Canadian rapper, Drake.
FACT #8: He’s a huge Michael Jackson fan and actually covered one of MJ’s songs, ‘Dirty Diana’ in one of his mix-tapes.
FACT #9: The Weeknd’s second album, ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’ produced top-five singles including: ‘Earned It”, “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face”. The songs held down all of the top three spots on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, making him the first artist in history to ever achieve this!
FACT #10: The Weeknd and Lana Del Rey have been friends for a long time! “I’ve inspired her, she’s inspired me. I feel like we’ve always been talking to each other through our music. She’s the girl in my music, and I am the guy in her music.” – The Weeknd.