Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, began his career in music industry around two years ago. The then internet's mystery man created his music while keeping under wraps all details about himself, including face, real name and age.
Tesfaye posted his first album, "House of Baloons", on his website for free. The album was a success, prompting major labels to offer the 23-year-old artist record deals. Tesfaye eventually signed a deal with Universal Music Group and released "Trilogy", a compilation of his three mixtapes.
"Trilogy" peaked at Billboard 200's No. 4 in 2012 and Tesfaye recently followed up the compilation with "Kiss Land". Arriving on September 10 via Republic Records and the singer's own label XO, Tefaye's debut studio album debuted at No. 2.
In a recent interview with MTV, Tesfaye revealed how his life inspired "Trilogy" and "Kiss Land". "Trilogy was more of a claustrophobic body of work, before it was released I hadn't left my city for 21 years, and I had never been on a plane, not once," he explained. "I spent my entire life on one setting, that's probably why pieces of the album feel like one long track, because that's what my life felt like. It felt like one long song."
"Kiss Land is the story after Trilogy; it's pretty much the second chapter of my life," he continued. Tesfaye said that he worked on "Kiss Land" while being so far from home. In another interview with Complex, he said that " 'Kiss Land' symbolizes the tour life."
"When I think about 'Kiss Land', I think about a terrifying place. It's a place I've never been to before that I'm very unfamiliar with," he added. "A lot of it is inspired by filmmakers like John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and Ridley Scott, because they know how to capture fear. That's what 'Kiss Land' is to me, an environment that's just honest fear."