Slacker Logo


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
Read More Read Less

Stations Featuring
The Weeknd

    New Pop First

    New Pop First
    1 song

    Pop Mix

    Pop Mix
    1 song

    Top Pop

    Top Pop
    1 song

    LGBT Pride

    LGBT Pride
    3 songs

    Top Hip-Hop

    3 songs

    Hip-Hop Party

    3 songs

    Top Jams [Clean]

    4 songs

    New R&B First

    1 song

    Top Jams [Explicit]

    2 songs

    R&B Smooth Jams

    1 song

    Top R&B

    5 songs

    Lite Hits

    4 songs


    1 song

    Coffeehouse Corner

    1 song


    1 song

    Pop Remixes

    2 songs

    Dance Pop

    2 songs

    Love Songs

    2 songs

    Hot Summer Hits

    1 song

    Party Hits

    1 song

    Teen Pop

    2 songs

    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.   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
  26.   Dark Times
  27.   Pretty
  28.   Kiss Land
  29.   Thursday
  30.   Belong to the World
  31.   The Hills by Nicki Minaj
  32.   Shameless
  33.   Angel
  34.   Next
  35.   As You Are
  36.   Losers by Labrinth
  37.   Loft Music
  38.   Gone
  39.   Outside
  40.   The Fall
  41.   Twenty Eight
  42.   The Town
  43.   XO/The Host
  44.   Tears in the Rain
  45.   The Birds Part 2
  46.   Rolling Stone
  47.   Valerie
  48.   Adaptation
  49.   Montreal
  50.   Initiation
  51.   House of Balloons - Glass Table Girls
  52.   Echoes of Silence
  53.   The Knowing
  54.   Love in the Sky
  55.   Life Of The Party
  56.   Lonely Star
  57.   Till Dawn (Here Comes the Sun)
  58.   Professional
  59.   The Zone
  60.   Heaven Or Las Vegas
  61.   The Zone by Drake
  62.   Odd Look

Artists Related to The Weeknd


Loading Sliders...
  1. + -



Casting to |