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  • Excerpt from #Abel Tesfaye's interview with Billboard

    Billboard: You’re representing for different ­places — Toronto, #Ethiopia. How do you approach that?

    Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd): I made it known that I’m Ethiopian. I put it in my music, and my style of singing is very Ethiopian-inspired. I’ve never even been there. I’d love to go home and see my roots.

    Billboard: Where would you direct a Weeknd fan in terms of Ethiopian music?

    Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd): Aster Aweke, for sure. You can hear her voice at the end of “False Alarm” on the new album. Her voice is the greatest thing you’ll ever hear. There’s a great composer named Mulatu Astatke, he’s probably the most famous Ethiopian musician right now. Jim Jarmusch used his music. I’d love to meet him and work with him somehow. Mahmoud Ahmed is a great singer, and so is Tilahun Gessesse. Teddy Afro is more of a pop singer, great voice. This is what I grew up on. I’d wake up in the morning, and my mom would be listening to all this stuff while she was making coffee. I’m working on University of Toronto getting its own class [on Ethiopian language studies].

    Read More @:-www.billboard.com

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  • The Weeknd Earns Two Guinness World Records

    Thanks to Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weekend earned recognition in the Guinness World Records 2017 edition. His Grammy-wining sophomore LP is officially the most streamed album on Spotify in one year.

    READ: Disclosure & The Weeknd Breathe New Life Into The “Nocturnal” Remix

    The 26-year-old Toronto native garnered 60 million listeners between Dec. 2014 and Dec. 2015, and also earned a plaque for the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 by a solo male artist.

    In addition, “Can’t Feel My Face,” the album’s third single, scored  448,334,867 streams as of this past January.

    READ: The Weeknd Donates $250K To Black Lives Matter

    Beauty Behind the Madness has sold 3 millions copies worldwide since it was released in April 2015.

    Source:-vibe.com

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