The Weeknd

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The Weeknd
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When R&B singer Abel Tesfaye released his debut mixtape, House of Balloons, in 2011, he did so hidden behind the Weeknd moniker: faceless and nameless, with no pictures, concerts or interviews. Since then, he's made the leap from mystery-cloaked DIY buzz magnet to pro-hyped superstar, and deservedly so—the 2015 album Beauty Behind the Madness revitalized Tesfaye's drugged out psychosexual fantasy with '80s funk basslines and a glossy pop shimmer.

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