The Weeknd has skyrocketed to fame in the last few years, and his net worth is estimated at around $100 million. The singer began his career anonymously releasing music on YouTube back in 2010; he’s since gained an enormous following as one of the most mainstream artists across all forms of media.
Abel Tesfaye, born in Scarborough on February 16th 1990 to Ethiopian immigrants Makkonen and Samra. His father left when he was only a toddler so his mother raised him with the help of her own parents. She worked two full-time jobs as well as attending night school while raising Abel, but never forgot about teaching her son how to play music which is what made Taylor Swift take notice after hearing one of his songs randomly playing at Starbucks back in 2008.
Able was the type of guy who couldn’t stay out for very long. He attended two schools during his childhood, West Hills collegiate institute as well as Birchmount park collegiate institute. This is because he had to be kicked from one and dropped out of another after only 6 months in attendance at both institutions
The Weeknd left home to live with some friends in a one-bedroom house. He soon realized that he was too focused on his personal projects and not enough time for school or company, so The Weeknd had to go back because there would be no other way of getting through college without graduating from high school first.
Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, began his career when he met producer, Jeremy Rose. They collaborated to create an album called ‘The Weekend.’ Abel had created three songs for the project but after it was completed and released without any of his music on there, he decided to pursue a solo career instead with House of Balloons in 2011
A talented singer from Toronto originally named “Abel,” changed up that first name due to its biblical connotations even though many people still call him by both names nowadays anyway! He got started early at 18 years old collaborating with producers like Doc McKinney & Illangelo before finally releasing some independently made tracks under the moniker ‘The Weeknd’.
The rejection led Abel Tesfaye to create his very own channel on YouTube under the name ‘The Weeknd’ so that he could share his three songs with the world. After gaining lots of popularity from these popular singles, The Weeknd went on to release a debut mixtape which gained even more attention and acclaim.
In 2011, Chance the Rapper released his second and third mixtapes “Thursday” and “Echoes of Silence.” These first three releases sent him straight to stardom in just one year. The same year he was performing at music festivals throughout the US and Europe including Coachella, Primavera Sound Festivals, as well as Wireless Festival! Not only did these successes contribute to a record deal with Republic Records but also announced that this album would be titled “Trilogy” when it came out on April 27th.
Here are some of the best highlights of The Weeknd’s career:
- BET Awards – Centric Award (2015)
- American Music Awards – Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist (2015)
- Billboard Music Awards – Top Streaming Song (Audio), (2016)
- People’s Choice Awards – Favorite R&B Artist (2016)
- Grammy Awards – Best R&B Performance (2016)
- iHeartRadio Music Awards – R&B Artist of the Year (2017)
Favorite Quotes from The Weeknd
The Weeknd has a new hit with his song “Loyal.” He sings, “Be loyal to your own peace of mind.” But sometimes it’s hard not to be stuck in some place that just doesn’t feel right and make you miserable. The Weeknd also says he was always going to have the confidence to release this music because of who he is as an artist but only had the opportunity now.
3 Rules for Success from The Weeknd
The Weeknd has defied all odds and achieved success in a few short years. Here are some of the lessons we can learn from him:
- Embrace who you are
- Do what makes you happy
- Be strong
The Weeknd has quickly become one of the world’s most mainstream artists. He started as a songwriter for his own music and soon became popular enough to collaborate with some of the industry’s biggest names, like Rihanna!
How does he spend his money?
The Weeknd has been a generous philanthropist, from donating to Black Lives Matter and the University of Toronto’s Ethiopic Studies program. But he doesn’t stop there: He also donated tens of thousands of dollars to causes including MusiCares and hospitals in his native land.
Despite his recent financial troubles, the musician continues to invest in properties. He recently bought an extravagant penthouse in Beverly Hills and is currently selling a 12,500 square foot mansion he owns on Hidden Hills for $22 million.