[139] After Hours had a second consecutive week at number one on the Hot 100 Songwriters chart (April 2020), due to five entries on the latest Billboard Hot 100 (singles), all of which he co-wrote and co-produced. UPDATE 05/02/2021 : This story seems to be false. [203] By May 2018, Tesfaye and Hadid began dating again,[204] before splitting in August 2019. J. D. Considine finds his singing's "tremulous quality" similar to Michael Jackson, but writes that he eschews Jackson's "strong basis in the blues" for a more Arabic-influenced melisma. After six years, Tesfaye worked with Ariana Grande again on a song called "Off The Table. Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), known professionally as the Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. I'm sure he's a great guy. [130] The single "Heartless" went on to debut at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 and later became his fourth number one single on the chart, the following week. [132][133] Tesfaye revealed the album's title, After Hours, and release date, March 20, 2020, on February 19, 2020, and released the album's title track as a promotional single simultaneously. The Weeknd discussed being shut out from the 2021 Grammy Awards in a new cover story interview with Billboard. [13], Abel Makkonen Tesfaye was born on February 16, 1990 in Toronto, Ontario, and was raised in Scarborough. [231] With the profit, Tesfaye donated $500,000 each to MusiCares and $500,000 to his hometown front-line hospital workers of the Scarborough Health Network in Ontario, Canada for a total of $1 million to COVID-19 relief. [90], On September 8, Tesfaye became the first male artist to have simultaneously held the top three spots on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, with the three singles that preceded the release of his album. [109] He became the first feature utilized by Lana Del Rey, appearing on "Lust for Life", the title track and second single from her fifth studio album. [80] It was revealed that his second studio album would be titled Beauty Behind the Madness. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart With Biggest Week of 2020", "nothing compares, missed you, final lullaby...", "The Weeknd on Being the First Artist to Top These 5 Charts at Once: 'It Feels Like a Huge Blessing' (Exclusive)", "The Weeknd also repeats at No. [158] According to writer Hermione Hoby, it is meant as an emoticon for "a kiss and a hug",[158] while VH1's Zara Golden's stated that it is a reference to his recreational use of ecstasy and oxycodone. The campaign would feature new collaborative pieces developed with the singer's brand, and was released on March 2, 2017. [177][178] PAX Labs chief marketing officer Richard Mumby stated "Music and fashion have always been a natural fit for Pax...This was the perfect opportunity to bring together the Weeknd's style with our technology. [161] Tesfaye possesses a wide light-lyric tenor vocal range, which spans over three octaves. The Weeknd said he was "humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage.” ... Hal Holbrook, acclaimed actor best known for his portrayal of Mark Twain, dead at 95. [57] The album was later promoted by the singles "Belong to the World" and "Live For" featuring Drake, as well as with Tesfaye embarking on The Fall tour a week prior to the album's release. [200] Tesfaye reportedly started dating Selena Gomez in January 2017. [190] In August 2018, XO released a collection of apparel in collaboration with A Bathing Ape. The couple were first seen together in May at Coachella[197][198] and Hadid later starred in his music video "In the Night" in December of the same year. The single later went on to top the chart, marking Tesfaye's first number-one single. He began his recording career in 2010, anonymously uploading several songs to YouTube. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe. 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