Filtering R&B, pop, and hip-hop through an ambitious widescreen lens, The Weeknd quietly took over popular music and culture on his own terms. As a result, the multi-platinum two-time GRAMMY® Award winner has emerged as one of the most successful and significant artists of the 21st century.
Released via his own visionary XO collective and Republic Records, 2012’s double-platinum Trilogy collated three breakout mixtapes—House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence—into his first chart-topping collection followed by the platinum Kiss Land in 2013. Two years later, Beauty Behind The Madness represented a major milestone. This 2015 opus notably achieved a GRAMMY® Award in the category of "Best Urban Contemporary Album," a triple-platinum certification from the RIAA for U.S. sales in excess of 3 million, and 20 RIAA certifications from tracks alone, including “The Hills” (9x-platinum), “Can’t Feel My Face” (6x-platinum), “Often” (3x-platinum), “In The Night” (platinum), and “Acquainted” (platinum). Not to mention, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” received an Academy® Award nomination for “Best Original Song.” That stratospheric rise continued as 2016’s Starboy went double-platinum, captured #1 in 90 countries, and shattered the global streaming record at the time in under a week.
In 2018, his influence continued to expand with My Dear Melancholy. The 6 track project marked his third consecutive #1 bow on the Billboard Top 200, went platinum, and attracted widespread critical acclaim. A worldwide headliner, he has shut down festivals ranging from Coachella to Lollapalooza. In addition, he would be immortalized in his own Marvel Comics graphic novel, STARBOY.