It's The Weeknd's birthday!
The Weeknd got started by releasing music on YouTube, and co-founded the XO record label. He released the mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, which gained recognition. In 2012, he signed with Republic Records and his debut album Kiss Land was released in 2013.
His single "Earned It", from the soundtrack to the film Fifty Shades of Grey, won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
His first commercial success came with his second album Beauty Behind the Madness in 2015, which became his first number one album on the US Billboard 200. The singles "Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills" topped the US Billboard Hot 100, and Beauty Behind the Madness won the Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album and was nominated for Album of the Year.
His third album Starboy, included the title track which went number-one, Starboy won the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. His fourth album After Hours featured the number-one singles "Heartless" and "Save Your Tears", as well as the record-setting "Blinding Lights", and his fifth album Dawn FM is out now, which includes the top-ten hit "Take My Breath".
The WeeKND has over 75 million records sold, and is the first artist to simultaneously debut on the top three on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, "while blinding Lights" is the longest-charting song in Billboard history.
Happy Birthday WeeKND, your music is as timeless as you.