11 things you didn't know about The Weeknd

He's the first superstar act to be announced for this year's F1

11 things you didn't know about The Weeknd
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The first superstar act to perform at this year’s Formula 1 weekend has been announced and we are so excited we can’t feel our face*.

The Weeknd (spelt correctly) will entertain the masses on Friday, November 23.

But who exactly is the singer known as Abel Tesfaye to his mum and why can’t he spell his stage name properly?

We take a look at his life and work so far with 11 things you didn’t know about the Earned It star.

1. He spells his stage name like that because there already was a Canadian band named The Weekend.

He previously said in an interview: “I hated my name at the time so I tried it as a stage name. It sounded cool.

“I took out the ‘e’ because there was already a Canadian band named The Weekend’.”

2. You might not know his name, but you are sure to have heard his music.

He’s responsible for some absolute bangers, including Starboy, Earned It, The Hills and Can’t Feel My Face (*now our intro makes sense).

3. He hasn’t been around that long but already has two number one albums to his name. They are Beauty Behind the Madness in 2015 and Starboy in 2016.

4. He was born in Toronto, Canada, to Ethiopian parents. The star has previously admitted his music is heavily influenced by the sounds of his parents’ birth country.

5. Like many of us, he’s a massive Game of Thrones fan and is known to tweet about the smash hit HBO show.

6. He’s also a Michael Jackson superfan. He sampled MJ classic Dirty Diana on his third mixtape ‘Echoes of Silence’.

7. The ladies love him. He has been romantically involved with A listers such as Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid.

8. His distinctive hairstyle is reportedly inspired by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who sported the same pineapple-like locks.

9. He once cancelled a scheduled appearance on American talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! because POTUS Donald Trump was due to appear on the same show.

10. He joined forces with comic book icons Marvel to release his own comic book titled Starboy (also the name of one of his biggest hits).

11. He doesn’t just top music charts, he likes to dominate them. In 2015, he became the first artist to hold the top three positions on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart at the same time with Can't Feel My Face, Earned It, and The Hills.


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