The Weeknd at Hakkasan Las Vegas July 20 2014
The Weeknd at Hakkasan Nightclub in Las Vegas
Sunday, Jul 20, 2014
10:00 PM – 4:00 AM
Abel Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), better known byhis stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian recording artistand record producer of Ethiopian descent.Songs recorded under The Weeknd name first leaked in late 2010,though the identity of the individual behind the project was initially unknown.The Weeknd released a nine-song free album, House of Balloons, on 21 March2011. This album is a part of a trilogy which includes Thursday, releasedon 18 August 2011, and Echoes of Silence, released on 21 December 2011. Thesong “High for This” produced by Cirkut was featured in the promo forthe final season of the HBO show Entourage On June 16, 2011, Houseof Balloons was named as a longlisted nominee for the 2011 PolarisMusic Prize. On July 6, the album was named as one of ten shortlistednominees but eventually lost to Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. OnDecember 21, 2011 at 11:07 p.m. EST Tesfaye released his highly anticipatedthird mixtape Echoes of Silence. The Weeknd’s site crashed shortly afterdue to the large number of downloads. The Weeknd quickly provided a Hulksharelink to keep the album available while the official site was down.
Since hitting the scene, The Weeknd has received praise froma number of musical publications, including those of MTV, BET, RollingStone, XXL, The Source and 2DopeBoyz, who have all dubbed himthe “Songbird of his Generation”, as well as the “best musicaltalent since Michael Jackson” (John Norris, MTV).