It was a mystery before the rise of Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd. It all started in 2011 when an unknown channel with a wrongly spelled name uploaded three songs, and one of the songs made it to the review site Pitchfork. The mysterious man or group kept churning R&B hits without unmasking the identity. But once, Abel unmasked the identity, he soared higher with his unique voice, style, and visuals.
The Weeknd dropped three mixtapes before he released his first album titled ‘Trilogy.’ It debuted at No.4 on the Billboard 200 chart. This was the beginning of one of the modern R&B icons. When he released ‘Earned It’ in 2015, it became a part of the erotic film ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ making him the star he is today that we know. Now, after four Grammy wins and several chartbusters, Abel wants to bid adieu to his stage name, The Weeknd.
Abel Tesfaye Wants To Reborn By Shading The Skin That Is The Weeknd
The Weeknd will be seen alongside Lily-Rose Depp in the new Sam Levinson series titled ‘The Idol.’ In the series, he plays Tedros, an L.A. club owner and music producer who is on the verge of becoming a cult leader. The character, predictably, is different from The Weeknd. Abel introduced the mysterious persona at the start of his career, but now, after playing a character like Tedros, he admits to closing the chapter of The Weeknd.
During the interview with W Magazine, Abel talks about the catharsis that he went through playing Tedros. He said, “I’m going through a cathartic path right now. It’s getting to a place and a time where I’m getting ready to close the Weeknd chapter. I’ll still make music, maybe as Abel, maybe as The Weeknd. But I still want to kill The Weeknd. And I will. Eventually. I’m definitely trying to shed that skin and be reborn.”
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The Artist Confesses That He Has Exhausted Everything His Stage Persona Has To Say
In 2022, The Weeknd lost his voice during his performance at the SoFi stadium in Los Angeles. But the artist did reflect on what went wrong when he lost his voice and admit to panicking when he did so. In the interview, he said, “When everyone around me is worried, I get very still. But I did panic when I lost my voice. I had to rest, reflect, and think about The Weeknd and Tedros and all that had happened with the show. I realized that I need to know that I’ve made the best version of whatever I’m making.”
The artist continued, “It was a challenge to redo The Idol, and, in truth, I sacrificed my health and home to make it work. So, let’s say it comes out and it’s fucking horrible. I still know I did my absolute best. From what I’ve seen, the show is great. Everything is a risk. When you’ve done the best you can, I would call that a happy ending. And I got my voice back.” He also gave an update on his upcoming project, saying, “The album I’m working on now is probably my last hurrah as The Weeknd. This is something that I have to do. As The Weeknd, I’ve said everything I can say.”
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