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The Weeknd Ringtones
The Weeknd Ringtones – Blinding Lights, Die For You, Starboy, The Hills, Can’t Feel My Face, Save Your Tears, Heartless, Call Out My Name, Party Monster, I Feel It Coming, Earned It and more.
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, or professionally known as The Weeknd is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actor. Born on February 16, 1990 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he is also known as The Noise and Kin Kane. On singing, he sings various genres of music, such as R&B, pop, hip hop, dance, alternative R&B and new wave.
Among his popular albums are “Kiss Land” (2013), “Beauty Behind the Madness” (2015), “Starboy” (2016), “After Hours” (2020) and “Dawn FM” (2022).
On acting, he starred / involved in many films or videos, such as Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (2016), Uncut Gems (2019), The Show (2021), The Weeknd: Live at SoFi Stadium (2023) and The Idol (2023).
Tesfaye, who was born and raised in Toronto, started his career in 2009 by posting music on YouTube under an alias. He co-founded the XO record label two years later and released the mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence. These tapes gained him recognition for his brand of alternative and modern R&B music as well as the mystery surrounding his identity. He joined Republic Records in 2012, and the mixtapes were reissued as part of the compilation album Trilogy. His first studio album, Kiss Land (2013), which debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, explored dark wave. Following the album’s release, Tesfaye started working on soundtracks for movies. His critically acclaimed single “Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
With his pop-oriented second album Beauty Behind the Madness (2015), Tesfaye achieved both critical and commercial success. The album peaked at number one in the US, featured the number-one singles “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills” on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, won the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album, and was nominated for Album of the Year. His third album, Starboy (2016), which featured trap music and featured the number-one singles “Die for You” and “Starboy,” enjoyed a similar level of commercial success. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. With his critically acclaimed fourth studio album After Hours (2020), Tesfaye explored new wave and dream pop. It included the chart-record-setting single “Blinding Lights” and the US number-one singles “Heartless” and “Save Your Tears.” His fifth album Dawn FM (2022), which featured the US top-ten single “Take My Breath,” was inspired by dance-pop. He co-created and starred in the critically panned drama series The Idol in 2023.
Tesfaye is one of the best-selling musicians in the world, having sold over 75 million albums. She also holds several streaming and Billboard chart records. He is also the first artist to simultaneously hold the top three positions on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. He is the first Canadian artist to receive four diamond certifications for singles from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). “Blinding Lights” broke several records, including the longest-charting song by a solo artist on the Billboard Hot 100, best-performing song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, and most-streamed song in Spotify history.
Tesfaye was named the “world’s most popular artist” by Guinness World Records in 2023 after being named one of Time’s list of the world’s most influential people in 2020. He was chosen as a Goodwill Ambassador for the World Food Programme in 2021 as a supporter of both food security and racial equality.
Tesfaye lists R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, and Prince as his three main musical influences. He has stated that Michael Jackson’s music was a major influence on his decision to pursue singing, citing the lyrics to “Dirty Diana” as an example. Ethiopian singers like Aster Aweke had a big influence on his soaring vocal style. He was raised on a wide range of musical genres, including post-punk, indie rock, hip hop, soul, and funk. Tesfaye credits Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) for “opening my eyes” to the music of the 1980s, an era that has a significant influence on her music. He stated in an interview with Billboard “You can hear it as far back as my first mixtape that the ’80s – Siouxsie and the Banshees, Cocteau Twins – play such a huge role in my sound.”
When writing House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, Tesfaye cited Deftones as an influence. Also mentioned as influences and inspirations by him are Lana Del Rey, David Bowie, the Smiths, Bad Brains, Talking Heads, DeBarge, 50 Cent, Wu-Tang Clan, and Eminem. Tesfaye praised Daft Punk when they announced their split in 2021, telling Variety that “those guys are one of the reasons I make music, so I can’t even compare them to other people.”
Pop, R&B, hip hop, dance, alternative, and new wave genres are all represented in Tesfaye’s discography. Due to his contributions to expanding the musical palette of the genre to include indie and electronic styles, his work is typically categorized as alternative R&B. Mistry claims that he “will be obsequiously praised as the future of R&B music—because Tesfaye is a black singer, not because he’s making quantifiable, canonical R&B.” In a 2015 interview with Time, Tesfaye expressed his opinions on the major label, saying, “Alternative R&B is in my soul. It’s not going anywhere. When I put out songs from House of Balloons in 2010, people said I made R&B cool again. I’m assuming that’s when the label was created. I feel honored that a good part of today’s music is inspired by it, consciously or subconsciously. The only way I could have done that was to be ambitious and grand.”
The first three mixtapes by Tesfaye, House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, are alternative R&B works that incorporate, among other things, trip-hop, post-punk, and dream pop. R&B and dark wave are two genres that his debut studio album, Kiss Land, falls under. The three albums he released after Beauty Behind the Madness, Starboy, and After Hours are all categorized as R&B and pop, with Starboy heavily influenced by trap music and After Hours by new wave and dream pop. The genres of dance-pop and synth-pop are explored on Tesfaye’s fifth studio album, Dawn FM.