The Weeknd is a singer and songwriter from Canada most known for his music exploring escapism, romance, and melancholy. He has received numerous awards around the world since he started his mainstream music career in 2013. In 2009 he started anonymously releasing music on YouTube, and two years later he co-founded the XO record label. But it wasn't until his album "Beauty Behind the Madness" was released in 2015 that he earned major critical and commercial success. It became his first number-one project in the US and is one of the year's best-selling albums. He is also the first artist to simultaneously debut in the top three on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and his song "Blinding Lights" is the longest-charting song in Billboard history.