Don’t want to be called The Weeknd anymore

POPIDOL: Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, best known as The Weeknd. Pictured here in Los Angeles last December.

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (33) will henceforth refer to himself as such.

The Canadian superstar has been known as The Weeknd since 2010, but recently he has hinted that his stage name will be out soon.

And as said, done.

On Monday, he changed his name to Abel Tesfaye on Instagram and Twitter (although his own account name has not been updated with the new name).

– I have reached the point and phase where I am ready to close the chapter of The Weeknd, said the artist W Magazine last week.

Last month he tweeted:

«ABEL officially (sicsicSic is Latin and means “this is what it actually says”) is known as Weekend?»:

The artist has also said in a W interview that he wants to be “born again” – and that the album he is working on now will probably be his last foray as The Weeknd.

– This is something I have to do. I’ve said all I have to say as The Weeknd.

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The 33-year-old has also experimented with artist names in the past. Before Tesfaye took the name The Weekend, he used Noise and Kin Kane.


The Weeknd has won a number of Grammy awards and according to a recent report from Guinness Book of Records “the most popular artist in the world” – with 111.4 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

He is also the first artist to reach exactly 100 million monthly listeners.

The 33-year-old player has visited Norway several times.

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