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The Weeknd is gaining more and more popularity and, like every other artists who is gathering more fans around the world, people are eager to learn some of the most interesting, intriguing aspects about him. This is why this article is going to focus on some of the most peculiar or strange things about The Trilogy creator.


The XO Crew


Did you know that the Weeknd has a crew he calls XO; which, you might think at a first glance, is related to the popular sign for hugs and kisses; however, there is also a different category of fans who say that the name of the XO crew in fact comes from the short forms of the oxycontin and ecstasy drugs. If we are to pay attention to the lyrics of the artist, we could say both opinions seem to have gotten it right. If you are a social media fan and you also have a Twitter account, you can check out the accounts of the people part of the crew of the artist; you will immediately notice the XO letters finishing off the names of all collaborators. Passionate The Weeknd fans also seem to have taken this principle up to a higher level, as they use the ‘XO till we overdose’ motto every time they get the chance. Look at the site if you need some guidance and quick locksmith tips while listening to the lasts Weeknd song.


His Real Name Is Abel Tesfaye   

And he has reached into the hearts of most R&B fans all over the planet. Yet, he has never given an official interview, and reporters are having a really hard time learning anything about his personal life which he chooses to keep a secret. The artist himself stated that he does not like to feed his audience with a spoon because of his passion for symbolism which he grew up with. he is also a god friend of Drake’s, another Toronto-born.


The Weeknd Likes To Gamble

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And by gambling I mean taking a chance every time he releases a new single on the market. Every concert gives you goosebumps; every lyric cuts through your soul like a sharp hunting knife; every live performance seems better than his last. All his fans feel exalted and constantly eager for more. He seems to pick the best venues for his concert, in respect for each and every one of his fans. And he always has a very special, helpful XO crew with him who are more than ready to cater to everyone’s needs. They all work together ensuring everyone is having a great time.

It’s Showtime!

But when The Weeknd starts to sing, his special lyrics and music vibes, he really gets into that state of mind that quickly overwhelms everyone seeing and listening to him. The drama and the intensity of his moments on stage are a little risky; in a music culture where everything seems to revolve around a certain kind of commercial pop expressivity, The Weeknd continues to amaze his fans. He chooses to stay true to his own beliefs; he stays away from the lights and cameras and refuses to give any interviews. He lives a rather secluded life as he has a passion for mystery and he wants his creations to speak for himself, rather than his personal life. This, again, is risky and resembles high stake poker gambling. Speaking of gambling, if you too have a passion for it, you can visit the Cosmic Casino site and check out the collection of poker games the popular casino has in store for you. Take advantage of the welcoming 5,555 registration and first deposit bonus and make the most of it.

Many folks appreciate artists who come clean and are ready to put every intimate detail of their personal life on the table. But the artist decided to take his chance and use a different approach. What’s your favorite The Weeknd concert moment?    

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The Weeknd and reps spoke with Billboard about the bidding war to sign Abel, clearing samples for Trilogy, profits from touring and eventually doing press. Excerpts from the article are posted below. Click here to read the full story on Billboard.

“But the press-shy Weeknd tells Billboard that although the Trilogy samples were “killing me,” he was able to get clearance from acts like Beach House (“The Party & the After Party”) and Siouxsie and the Banshees (“Glass Table Girls”). Only his use of Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat” on fan favorite “What You Need” failed to make the CD.

In October 2011, William Morris Endeavor music head Marc Geiger famously told Topspin CEO Ian Rogers that the Weeknd was able to command $25,000 for a show-even though he’d yet to play a single proper gig. Joel Zimmerman, music agent and head of William Morris Electronic, clarified to Billboard that the figure was used more as an example of the quotes mentioned in the bidding war to sign the Weeknd and his management-a deal that remained in process through January 2012.

“I had just booked Coachella for his first U.S. show, and I didn’t know if we were hired. I still thought this could be a one-off thing,” Zimmerman says. “Right before they came out to L.A., I flew to Toronto to meet everybody and get a handle on who they were and how we could work together. It’s been one of the most rewarding experiences I ever had.”

The Weeknd’s initial U.S. shows, with a limited band and set production, grossed an impressive $335,000 across five dates with attendance of 8,352, according to Billboard Boxscore. For a fall tour that began in September and ran through last week, the Weeknd returned with a new band, backup singers and a full production complete with custom videos.

Zimmerman notes that the Weeknd has already begun recording new material, and that major touring plans will bring him to Europe in the spring, the festival circuit in the summer and even bigger U.S. venues next fall. The artist may even become more accessible in due time.

“At some point, he’ll start doing press,” Zimmerman says, “but right now it’s been more about the music and the performance and just evolving as an artist.”