Abel Tesfaye, known professionally as The Weeknd, was born on February 16, 1990 in Scarborough, Ontario. Raised primarily by his Ethiopian mother and grandmother, Tesfaye’s first language is Amharic. At the age of 17, he dropped out of high school and in 2010 met with producer Jeremy Rose to collaborate on some demos which would help plant the seeds of Abel Tesfaye’s career as The Weeknd.
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2. Income & Salary
After uploading the Rose demos to YouTube under his new stage name, The Weeknd released a trilogy of highly acclaimed mixtapes as free downloads from his website in 2011. In 2012, he began his first major American tour, the first date of which included him performing at the prestigious Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. His European tour later that year included performances at internationally known festivals such as Wireless and Primavera. In September 2012, Republic Records would sign The Weeknd and re-release his mixtapes with bonus material under the title Trilogy as part of his new XO imprint label. In its first week of sales, the re-release sold 86,000 copies and ranked at Number 4 on the US Billboard 200 chart. On September 10, 2013, the highly anticipated debut studio album of The Weeknd, Kiss Land, was released and charted at Number 2 on the Billboard 200. The Weeknd is currently preparing to promote his sophomore album, Beauty Behind the Madness, which is to be released on August 28, 2015. “Can’t Feel My Face” from the upcoming album is his most successful single to date, reaching Number 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and Number 1 on their Hot R&B Songs chart. In addition to working on a new album, he has contributed music to a number of high profile movie soundtracks including Fifty Shades of Grey, which includes his first US Top Ten single, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey).”
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3. Estimated Net Worth
In 2013 and 2014, The Weeknd’s net worth is estimated to have been $1,600,000 and $1,700,000, respectively. His net worth for 2015 is currently estimated at $5,000,000.
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