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The Weeknd

The Weeknd

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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• Raised by his mother and grandmother, who emigrated from Ethiopia in the wake of the "Red Terror" era after the death of Emperor Haile Selassie.

• Spoke only Amharic until the age of 5.

• Dropped out of high school at age 17.

• Discovered by Drake's manager Oliver El-Khatib after posting songs to YouTube and Facebook.

• His stage name is missing the final "e" because of a dispute with a Canadian band named The Weekend.

• His debut album, Trilogy, released in 2012, is a compilation of three earlier mixtapes and some unreleased songs.

• Opened for Justin Timberlake for a portion of his 20/20 Experience World Tour in 2013.

• Had back-to-back number one singles with "The Hills" and "I Can't Feel My Face" in 2015.