The Weeknd one of the emerging singers in the groove right now. I don’t think there is a music lover on earth who hasn’t listened to his songs. He gave some of the record breaking songs like Starboy, Blinding lights and many more which made the fans go crazy for his records.
You may have seen his luxurious and lavish lifestyle in many pictures and articles surfing over the internet and one thing might always strike your brain that, “What is the networth of The Weeknd?” In this article we will be discussing some of the interesting facts and information about him and will definitely provide you his actual net worth.
His real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), professionally he is known as The Weeknd. He holds the nationality of Canada and is often described as a song-writer, singer and music composer.
This guy literally stuns everyone with his creative and dark lyrics which are often inspired by his personal life experiences. Here’s a list of awards he has won over short period of time:
- Four Grammy Awards
- Nineteen Billboard Music Awards
- Fifteen Juno Awards
- Six American Music Awards
- Two MTV Music video Awards
- An Academy award nomination
Argh! This guy is lightning fast!! He has won so much of awards in a short span of time which is a dream for many. Man really worked hard to achieve this feat. Now lets have a quick sneak peek into his early life, career an all the struggle he went through to build his inevitable empire.
The Weeknd Early life
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye was born in Toronto, Ontario and he is the only child of his parents who got separated after his birth. He grown up along with the company of his Mother & Grandmother.His parents were immigrants from Ethiopia so he was also raised as an Ethiopian.
He didn’t had such a strong attachment or relation with his father. He barely saw him in his life and he is happy that his father wasn’t abusive, alcoholic or an asshole. He has strong attachment to his mother.
His grandmother taught him their native language Amharic. This guy is multi lingual as he can fluently speak English, Amharic as well as french which he learned in a French-immersion school. Tesfaye wasn’t really into studies.
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— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) April 25, 2022
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When he was 17, he dropped out of school along with his two friends including his best friend who’s a creative director now, La Mar Taylor. He often admits that during this period he suffered homelessness and faced a lot of problems which strengthen him and made him stick to.”Smarten up,to focus”.
In many interviews, he confessed that he had been abusing drugs and illegal substances like Ketamine, Cocaine, MDMA, Magic mushrooms and cough syrup. He even stated that when it came to writing songs, drugs were like fuel for him.
But in a recent interview he told the media that now he had stopped abusing drugs except marijuana. He also states that he used to be a heavy drinker but now he is completely out of it and drinks only occasionally.
The Weeknd Career
After facing a lot of backlashes and problems in life. He begun to anonymously uploading videos on youtube in August 2009. In the same year, things got better when life gave Tesfaye a chance when he met Jeremy Rose who is a producer and at that time he had an idea regarding Dark Contemporary R&B.
Earlier he was going to offer this to Musician Curtis Santiago but things went in the favor of Tesfaye when Rose played one of his instruments and he did freestyle rap over it. They both worked together and produced three songs- “What you need”, “Loft Music” and “The Morning” sung by Tesfaye which were later scrapped due to some issues.
Rose let tesfaye keep those tracks only under one condition that he would get the credit for the music and Tesfaye agreed to it. In December 2010, Tesfaye uploaded “What You Need”, “Loft Music” and “The Morning” to YouTube under the username “xoxxxoooxo”. His identity was initially unknown.
The songs drew some attention online, and were later included in a blog post from rapper Drake. The songs subsequently received coverage from various media outlets, including Pitchfork and The New York Times.
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It was hard for Tesfaye to choose his stage name. At first he used two aliases: The Noise and Kin kane but he changed his mind. He later chose The Weeknd as a tribute to the fact that when he dropped out from his school, “Left one weekend and never came Home”.
To Avoid trademark issues with Pop Rock band The Weekend , the letter E was expelled out of his stage name.
Finally he got a big push when he got his first live performance in July,2011 a Mod Club Theatre. After that Drake went on to meet Tesfaye which led him to perform opening act for some of the Drake’s concert and an appearance at his OVO festival.
He was later seen participating in concerts hosted by Black Students Association at the University of Toronto. This was just a start to his mesmerizing career in which he gave superhit albums. Some of his famous works are listed below:
- Love Me Harder EP (2014)
- Thursday (2011)
- My Dear Melancholy (2018)
- Echoes of Silence (2011)
- House of Balloons (2011)
- Starboy (2016)
- After Hours (2020)
The Weeknd Earnings & Net worth
Now as you all have read how The Weeknd came up to the top by dodging hurdles in his pathway its time to disclose the most awaited and surprising thing about him.As per the reports, between Junw 2017 and June 2018, he has earned a total of $90 million!! Yeah i know thats a lot!.
Between June 2018 and June 2019,He earned a total of $40 million by various endeavours.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, The Weeknd has a net worth of $300 million. The Canadian singer is one of the Top-dollar artists in the world. He can make $90 million a year.