Five Interesting Facts About The Weeknd That You Should Know

The Weeknd is one of the most popular names in music to date, having risen to unprecedented stardom in such a short space of time. Arriving on the scene just over a decade ago, he sells shows out in arenas around the world, and he’s led a pretty interesting life getting to that point.

We may know his work inside out, but there are a number of interesting facts about him that you probably don’t know, but you probably should…

He got his break on YouTube

Before he became a mainstream artist, The Weeknd uploaded his music to YouTube. He started posting songs in 2010 under the username “xoxxxoooxo,” and quickly gained a following. His mysterious persona and unconventional sound caught the attention of industry professionals, leading to his first major record deal.

His name is inspired from his days working at a clothing store

The Weeknd’s stage name is a play on words. When he was working at a clothing store, he would often work weekends and miss out on partying with his friends. He chose the name “The Weeknd” to represent the lifestyle he was missing out on during his working hours.

He’s had his fair share of battles with drug abuse

Like many artists, he’s had pretty severe battles with addiction, with him often speaking out about his troubles with ketamine addiction and other substances. He claimed that during his early days in music, drugs were a crutch for him, once stating: “There were songs on my first record that were seven minutes long, rambling – whatever thoughts I was having when I was under the influence at the time. I can’t see myself doing that now.”

He’s an accomplished songwriter for many other artists

Not only is The Weeknd an exceptional singer, but he is also a talented songwriter. He has written for a variety of artists, including Drake, Ariana Grande, and Beyoncé. In fact, he co-wrote and co-produced Beyoncé’s hit song “6 Inch” from her album Lemonade.

He’s does his bit to give back too

In 2020, The Weeknd donated $1 million to coronavirus relief efforts, split between various organizations including MusiCares and Direct Relief. He has also donated to various causes over the years, including Black Lives Matter, the United Nations World Food Programme, and the H&M Foundation’s efforts to promote sustainable fashion. He’s one of the good guys…