The Weeknd's Transformation: Pop Sensation Embraces Authenticity as Abel Tesfaye



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

The Weeknd's Transformation: Pop Sensation Embraces Authenticity as Abel Tesfaye

The renowned pop sensation, The Weeknd, has recently undergone a transformative shift, opting to shed his stage name in favor of his birth name, Abel Tesfaye. Engaging his vast following on social media, the celebrated singer sought their opinion on this pivotal change, sparking a resounding response with over a hundred thousand likes to his Twitter post.

An Evolution in Name and Persona

This name alteration comes in the wake of the award-winning musician expressing his desire to detach himself from the recognition associated with his stage moniker. In a previous statement to the media, he disclosed the origin of his nickname, recounting how it was bestowed upon him during his adolescence when he abruptly left school for a weekend and never returned.

However, this identity crisis transcends the mere duality of personas. Tesfaye eloquently articulated his current journey as a cathartic experience, stating, "I’m going through a cathartic path right now,” he said.

“It’s getting to a place and a time where I’m getting ready to close the Weeknd chapter. I’ll still make music, maybe as Abel, maybe as The Weeknd. But I still want to kill The Weeknd. And I will. Eventually.

I’m definitely trying to shed that skin and be reborn”.

From YouTube Sensation to Global Phenomenon

Born in Toronto to Ethiopian immigrant parents, the 33-year-old Abel Tesfaye ascended to fame by introducing the world to the enigmatic allure of dark R&B music.

In 2010, he first made waves by sharing his initial compositions on YouTube, captivating audiences with his distinctive sound and introspective lyrics. Over the course of his illustrious career, Tesfaye has amassed an impressive collection of accolades.

Garnering four Grammy Awards, he stands as a testament to his artistic prowess. His musical endeavors have yielded more than 45 platinum singles and albums, solidifying his position as an industry trailblazer. March 2023 witnessed a historic milestone for Tesfaye, as the Guinness Book of Records bestowed upon him the title of the world's most popular artist.

This prestigious recognition stemmed from the staggering number of monthly listeners he garners on the renowned music platform, Spotify.