That's when Tesfaye realized he "could run with the whole enigmatic thing," he says now.
"If it backfired, I probably for the rest of my life," he says. No one can do a trilogy again without thanking the Weeknd.
For Tesfaye, that's relatively clean, but he knows the pensioners in Twickenham might disagree.
So when the verdict comes back "no swearing," he nods and smoothly pivots to a censored version — a small gesture that says a lot about the kind of professional he has become."The Hills" is currently enjoying its fourth straight week at Number One, a feat made even more impressive because it took the place of another Weeknd track, "Can't Feel My Face" — Spotify's official song of the summer, and the only song about cocaine ever to be lip-synced by Tom Cruise on network TV.
" In a darkened soundstage on the outskirts of London, Abel Tesfaye is wondering if he can say "fuck" or not.
Tesfaye, better known as breakout pop sensation the Weeknd, is at a rehearsal for , the BBC music show, about to soundcheck his smash hit "The Hills," a four-minute horror-movie booty call featuring more than a dozen f-bombs.
"When people meet me, they say that I'm really kind — contrary to a lot of my music."When talking about his art and his career, Tesfaye is blessed with a towering self-confidence and has no hesitation about declaring his own greatness.
(There was also a B12 shot involved.) When a bellman brings in a silver tray with a selection of waters, Tesfaye pours himself a glass.He and his crew posted three songs on You Tube and started spamming their friends on Facebook, then watched the play counts slowly climb. " Toronto being a small town in some ways, the songs were heard by Drake's manager, Oliver El-Khatib, who posted them to the OVO blog, where they promptly blew up."I don't know how many it actually was, but it felt like a million," Tesfaye says. "Apparently, Drake wasn't even fucking with it at first," Tesfaye says today."Me not finishing school — in my head, I still have this insecurity when I'm talking to someone educated," he says."I don't want them looking at me like this fucking retard — no disrespect." For months, no one even knew if the Weeknd was a person or a group.