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AOTM January 2017: The Weeknd

The Weeknd is our Artist of the Month for January 2017!


Abel Makkonen Tesfaye - better known as The Weeknd is yet another Canadian artist to look out for this month. Coming a long way since his humble beginnings on YouTube in late 2010 under the name "The Weeknd", the singer-songwriter/music producer has churned out hit after hit in recent years.

After the 2015 release of The Weeknd's Grammy-Award winning, triple-platinum album Beauty Behind The Madness, his latest album Starboy has taken the music world by storm. The titular track featuring Daft Punk, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for December 2017. In just 4 weeks, the single sold 340,000 copies in the U.S. alone. 

The Album's tracklist features:

  1. Starboy ft. Daft Punk
  2. Party Monster
  3. False Alarm
  4. Reminder
  5. Rockin'
  6. Secrets
  7. True Colors
  8. Stargirl Interlude ft. Lana Del Rey
  9. Sidewalks ft. Kendrick Lamar
  10. Six Feet Under ft. Future
  11. Love to Lay
  12. A Lonely Night
  13. Attention
  14. Ordinary Life
  15. Nothing Without You
  16. All I Know ft. Future
  17. Die For You
  18. I Feel It Coming ft. Daft Punk



  • Abel Makkonen Tesfayegrew was born in Scarborough, Ontario to Ethiopian parents.
  • He was raised in a multicultural neighbourhood in the city and speaks fluent Amharic.
  • The name "The Weeknd" was adopted after Abel and a friend of is "left [school] one weekend and never came home", but his producer Jeremy Rose reportedly claims the name was his own devision.

Article Source: Wikipedia, Official Press Release 

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