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The Weeknd Covers Billboard Magazine’s Fall Music Preview 2015 Issue | Talks Having a Dysfunctional Persona & More



the-weeknd-bb26-2015-cover-billboard-510Ahead of his upcoming album The Weeknd – real name Abel Tesfaye – is on the cover of Billboard‘s 2015 Fall Music Preview issue were he opens up about being inspired by Michael Jackson, his close relationship with his mother, plus working with Kanye West and Taylor Swift.

For the magazine’s latest issue Ethiopian-Canadian Weeknd was photographed by Miller Mobley.

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Read excerpts from his interview below.

On making his mother proud: I couldn’t face her until I made something out of myself. I couldn’t go back home as a nobody.

On Michael Jackson’s music: I got emotional. It’s when I first knew I wanted to write songs.

On having a dysfunctional persona: I still loosen up, but I have much more control. I can go overboard, but nobody can stop me but myself. Me and myself have a better relationship now than we did back then.

You can read up his full feature here.

His album Beauty Behind the Madness  is out on Friday, August 28.

Photo Credit: Billboard

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  1. Bigi Benson

    August 27, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Can’t wait for the new Album…

  2. bruno

    August 27, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    that palm tree on his head is so distracting.

    is that his real hair or its a weave?

    • Mrs_ID

      August 28, 2015 at 8:54 am

      It’s his hair #XO fam love it like that ?

  3. Jay

    August 27, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Love love him … Proud Ethiopian

  4. Mrs_ID

    August 27, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    My baby is here,…..Beauty Behind the Madness drops tomorrow, Abel Tesfaye is the shizzle, If you don’t know, now you know #XOTWOD

  5. jasmine

    August 27, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    The weekend. The way i’m beginning to love this guy but his hair tho. I can’t feel my face when i’m with you…

    • Sky Blue

      August 28, 2015 at 12:09 am

      The Weeknd*… There’s no “E” after the “K”… :D.

      I’ll blame it on autocorrect ha ’cause it tried to correct my spelling -_-.


    August 28, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Good for him. Africans are trying their best in US.

  7. Adelaide

    August 28, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    The day I found out that it was just one person that was named “The Weeknd” I was upset how can one person name himself an entire weekend, like three days. the effrontery??? Lol I love me The Weeknd!!!!

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