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The Weeknd

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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Stations Featuring
The Weeknd

    Party Hits

    Party Hits
    2 songs

    Top R&B

    Top R&B
    5 songs

    Top Hip-Hop

    Top Hip-Hop
    3 songs

    Hip-Hop Party

    Hip-Hop Party
    3 songs

    Teen Pop

    3 songs

    Top Pop

    3 songs

    Pop Mix

    3 songs

    Top Jams [Explicit]

    3 songs

    Top Jams [Clean]

    4 songs

    R&B Slow Jams

    1 song

    Pop Remixes

    1 song

    Dance Pop

    1 song

    Top Dance

    1 song

    Lite Hits

    3 songs


    1 song

    Love Songs

    2 songs

    Hot Summer Hits

    1 song

    R&B and Soul Mix

    1 song


    1 song

Albums by
The Weeknd

Top Songs by
The Weeknd

  1.   Song
  2.   Can't Feel My Face
  3.   Earned It
  4.   The Hills
  5.   Wicked Games
  6.   High for This
  7.   The Morning
  8.   Often
  9.   What You Need
  10.   D.D.
  11.   In the Night
  12.   Same Old Song
  13.   Tell Your Friends
  14.   The Zone
  15.   The Birds Part 1
  16.   Wanderlust
  17.   Dark Times
  18.   Live For
  19.   Real Life
  20.   Prisoner
  21.   Where You Belong
  22.   The Hills
  23.   Acquainted
  24.   The Hills
  25.   Shameless
  26.   The Party and the After Party
  27.   Dark Times
  28.   Angel
  29.   Devil May Cry
  30.   Losers
  31.   As You Are
  32.   The Town
  33.   Kiss Land
  34.   Coming Down
  35.   The Fall
  36.   Gone
  37.   Next
  38.   Rolling Stone
  39.   Twenty Eight
  40.   Pretty
  41.   Loft Music
  42.   Outside
  43.   Initiation
  44.   Montreal
  45.   Tears in the Rain
  46.   Thursday
  47.   House of Balloons - Glass Table Girls
  48.   The Birds Part 2
  49.   Valerie
  50.   Echoes of Silence
  51.   The Knowing
  52.   Love in the Sky
  53.   Till Dawn (Here Comes the Sun)
  54.   Lonely Star
  55.   XO/The Host
  56.   Belong to the World
  57.   Life Of The Party
  58.   Adaptation
  59.   Professional
  60.   Heaven Or Las Vegas
  61.   The Zone
  62.   The Zone
  63.   Odd Look

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