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The Weeknd To Kill His Stage Name And Go By Abel

Abel Tesfaye, who has performed under the name The Weeknd since 2009, has announced that he plans to retire the stage name after one final album.


In an interview with W Magazine, the Grammy-winning artist expressed his desire to move on from the persona, saying, “I’ll still make music, maybe as Abel, maybe as The Weeknd. But I still want to kill The Weeknd. And I will. Eventually. I’m definitely trying to shed that skin and be reborn.”


Tesfaye explained that the upcoming album will serve as his “last hurrah” as The Weeknd, as he feels he has said everything he can under that moniker.