With dark tales of sex and drugs, is the Weeknd the next face of R&B?

In a music scene dominated by women such as Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, the Canadian is tipped to become the defining male pop star of a generation

For several years, an introverted Canadian singer of Ethiopian descent, known to R&B lovers for his plaintive voice and atmospheric, after-party, comedown groove, has been on the cusp of becoming music’s next big thing. But each time stardom beckoned, Abel Tesfaye – a native of the dreary Toronto suburb of Scarborough, who sings, writes and produces as the Weeknd – seemed to demur.

Only five years ago, Tesfaye, 25, was folding shirts at a Toronto outlet of American Apparel and posting audio tracks on YouTube. With the release this month of a second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness, backed by a compelling single, Can’t Feel My Face, which has a groove and feel reminiscent of an updated Michael Jackson hit, any residual sense of anonymity could be about to be irrevocably lost.

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