The Weeknd, also known as Abel Tesfaye, is a Canadian recording artist from Toronto. The Weeknd first released music in late 2010 on YouTube, with all three songs that were uploaded all catching quite the buzz.The music kept spreading through word of mouth, until Canadian rapper Drake got a hold of The Weeknd's music and in turn generated even hype around Tesfaye. In 2011, The Weeknd released three critically acclaimed mixtapes. In 2012, he released his first album, Trilogy, which was a compilation of the three mixtapes and included three new tracks. The Weeknd is set to release his sophomore album, Kiss Land, by the end of summer 2013.