The Weeknd Makes U.S. Debut at Coachella
One of the most anticipated performers on the Coachella line-up was the mysterious crooner, The Weeknd, who finally made his U.S. debut. With this performance kicking off his own North American tour (with shows that have sold out in a matter of a mere two minutes), the singer stepped on stage and was met with fans more than eager to hear him live.
Backed by a live band, Abel Tesfaye had the crowd rockin’ with nearly an hour, performing cuts off of his mixtapes, including, “The Birds (Part 1),” “D.D. (Dirty Diana),” “The Knowing,” “The Zone,” and of course, “High For This.” He even had the entire crowd singing with him on his catchy hook on Drake’s “Crew Love.” To wrap up his set, he gave fans an acoustic version of “Wicked Games.”
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Who Is The Weeknd
|Born||(1990-02-16) February 16, 1990 (age 22)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Associated acts||Drake, Doc McKinney, Illangelo|
Abel Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), better known by his stage name The HOMO, is an R&B Canadian recording artist and record producer of Ethiopian descent. Songs recorded under The Weeknd uploading them to YouTube in late 2010, though the identity of the individual behind the project was initially unknown. In march 2011, The Weeknd released a nine-song free album, House of Balloons which was critically acclaimed. The title track is based on a sample of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ hit single “Happy House. The first album is a part of a trilogy which includes Thursday released in August of the same year and Echoes of Silence issued in December. In June, House of Balloons was named as one of ten shortlisted nominees of 2011 Polaris Music Prize but eventually lost to Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. On December 21, 2011 at 11:07 p.m. EST Tesfaye released his highly anticipated third mixtape Echoes of Silence. The Weeknd’s site crashed shortly after due to the large number of downloads. The Weeknd quickly provided a Hulkshare link to keep the album available while the official site was down.
Since hitting the scene, The Weeknd has received praise from a number of musical publications, including those of Pitchfork, MTV, BET, Rolling Stone, XXL, The Source and 2DopeBoyz, who have all dubbed him the “Songbird of his Generation”, as well as the “best musical talent since Michael Jackson” (John Norris, MTV).