Born in Toronto, Canada, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye came up with his stage name because he had dropped out of high school at 17 and the phrase "Left on a weekend and never came home" came to his mind. But because there was already a band called The Weekend, he crossed out one letter and henceforth performed as The Weeknd. In 2013, the singer, who was inspired by soul and hip-hop, funk and indie rock, released his debut album "Kiss Land", which immediately reached number one in the American R&B charts. He conquered the top position in the US Billboard Hot 100 with his second longplayer "Beauty Behind the Madness".
The Weeknd's breakthrough came with the single "Blinding Lights", released at the end of 2019. The song came in at No. 1 in the singles rankings in the US, UK, Germany and many other countries in early 2020 and became one of the most streamed hits worldwide with around 3.3 billion views on Spotify. In November 2021, "Blinding Lights" replaced Chubby Checker's "The Twist" as the most successful pop song of all time. A milestone in music history with which The Weeknd, as with many other songs, will get the Olympic Stadium grooving on 4 August 2023.
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Opening Support: Mike Dean