Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), known professionally as the Weeknd (pronounced "weekend"), is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer. Noted for his distinctive singing voice with a soaring falsetto and its singular tremolo, Tesfaye is considered an influential figure in contemporary popular music.Beginning his musical career in 2009 by anonymously releasing music to YouTube, Tesfaye founded the XO record label in 2011, and released the critically acclaimed mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence that year; he subsequently signed with Republic Records, and released his debut studio album, Kiss Land, in 2013. Tesfaye gained major critical and commercial success with his second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness (2015), which reached atop the US Billboard 200 and produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills". Tesfaye's third studio album, Starboy (2016), achieved similar commercial success, and included the number-one single of the same name.
In 2020, Tesfaye released his fourth studio album, After Hours, which featured the worldwide chart record-setting single "Blinding Lights", and the number-one singles "Heartless" and "Save Your Tears".
Among the world's best selling music artists with over 75 million records sold, Tesfaye has won three Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, fifteen Juno Awards, one Brit Award, has been nominated for an Academy Award, and holds several Billboard chart records. In 2020, Tesfaye was listed by Time as one of the world's most influential people.