In 2010, a YouTuber known only as The Weeknd uploaded a few alternative R&B-infused rap songs that quickly went viral and landed him in the middle of the mainstream music world. Within a year, The Weeknd, a Canadian singer born Abel Tesfaye, quickly released twenty-seven self-produced songs to critical acclaim and fan approval. It wasn’t long before record companies came calling and placed the productive and inventive hipster from Ontario into a fully stocked studio. When his first album of mostly remastered songs cracked the top ten in the United States and the United Kingdom, the publicity machine geared up for his release of brand new material. The Weeknd’s 2013 release, Kiss Land, produced several singles, but it was the Drake-supported track Live For that allowed him to climb the R&B/Hip-Hop charts and get plenty of play on urban radio. Of course, the music world hadn’t seen anything yet. The smooth singer with sometimes explicit lyrics was about to dominate the R&B charts in a way no one ever had. His 2015 album, Beauty Behind the Madness, landed the top three spots on the charts simultaneously – the number one hit Can’t Feel My Face, followed by The Hills and Earned It. To say that The Weeknd is a tour de force in the R&B world is an understatement. He has mainstreamed his once underground, alternative form of rhythm and blues and made The Weeknd into a seven-days-a-week necessity for his growing legion of diehard fans.
The Weeknd The Madness Fall Tour 2015
The Weeknd heads out on tour in support of his Beauty Behind the Madness album, but fans should expect plenty of early selections, particularly from the edgier Kiss Land and his 2011 selection of mix tapes known collectively as the Balloons Trilogy. He’ll offer up something for fans old and new, from the sultry High for This to the soulful Prisoner. The Weeknd has spent the last few years building a strong stage presence that has allowed him to share top billing with Beyoncé and headline over fellow Canadian Justin Bieber. The Weeknd’s fall 2015 tour has him crisscrossing the United States and his native Canada, with stops in some of each country’s biggest cities, including Chicago, Philadelphia, and Toronto. Along the way, he’ll be hitting indoor and outdoor stages, from nationally acclaimed music festivals to giant arenas. The Weeknd has a reputation for keeping his audiences on their feet for the entire concert, so be prepared to get up, join the show, and create an electrifying energy that moves to the music and reaches the artist on stage.