The year is looking promising for Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, better known by his stage as The Weeknd. The artist has already been cast as the lead in a future HBO drama series, just three months into 2023. But that’s not all; the famous Canadian-born performer recently smashed a world record.

The hip-hop legend just earned two new Guinness World Records, marking another significant step towards his successful career. The Weeknd is reportedly the most popular musician in the entire world, according to Guinness who announced the news yesterday. He also set a new milestone by being the first artist on Spotify to achieve 100 million monthly listeners.

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Everything to know about The Weeknd:

The Weeknd Age

Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor, The Weeknd, was born on February 16, 1990. Currently, he is 33 years old.

The Weekend Family

On February 16, 1990, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the sole child of Ethiopian immigrants Makkonen Tesfaye and Samrawit Hailu, who divorced shortly after his birth. His mother and grandmother raised him in Scarborough.

He revealed to Rolling Stone that he and his father had an estranged bond.  “I saw him vaguely when I was six, and then again when I was 11 or 12, and he had a new family and kids. I don’t even know where he lived — I’d see him for, like, a night. I’m sure he’s a great guy. I never judged him. He wasn’t abusive, he wasn’t an alcoholic, he wasn’t an asshole. He just wasn’t there.”

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The Weeknd Relationship

The Weeknd has dated a variety of actresses, models, and singers, according to his dating history. In 2015, the singer allegedly dated Bella Hadid but eventually broke up a year later.  He was associated with Selena Gomez in 2017, and the two dated for nine months. The Weeknd also reportedly dated In Your Eyes Actress Rosalia in 2020.

Although it’s unclear if the Weeknd and Angelina are really together, they are currently linked. He and Angelina haven’t confirmed it publicly, nor have they done anything to put an end to the speculations.

The Weeknd Career

Tesfaye started anonymously posting music on YouTube in August 2009.  Tesfaye released What You Need, Loft Music, and The Morning on YouTube under the alias “xoxxxoooxo” in December 2010. The songs received some online buzz and were subsequently mentioned in a blog post by rapper Drake.

Kiss Land, The Weeknd’s debut studio album, was unsuccessful in expanding outside his fan base. The Weeknd then requested songwriting assistance from his record company. This led to the duet “Love Me Harder” with pop sensation Ariana Grande. The 2014 song made it into the top 10.

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Starboy (2016), which included collaborations with Kendrick Lamar and Daft Punk, helped The Weeknd’s success to grow. My Beloved Melancholy, his subsequent album from 2018, brought back the gloomy, atmospheric tones of his earlier work. Like his previous effort, the dramatic and introspective After Hours (2020) received favorable reviews and debuted at the top of the charts. In 2021, The Weeknd played at the Super Bowl halftime show.

His song Nothing Is Lost from the Avatar: The Way of Water Soundtrack was released on December 16, 2022.

The Weeknd Net Worth

The Weeknd has a $300 million net worth. He has won numerous awards, including multiple Grammys, and has sold more than 70 million recordings in the United States alone. Aside from music, The Weeknd has dabbled in a variety of business ventures.