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    Pop's Top 35 Hitmakers
    Hitmakers The Weekend - H 2013
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    Abel 'The Weeknd' Tesfaye
    Singer/Songwriter/Producer

    This story first appeared in the Feb. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

    No label backing, no interviews, just a three-part series of heartfelt mix tapes that blurred his identity: That was how 22-year-old Canadian Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, caught the attention of fellow Torontonian Drake, who tweeted a link to Tesfaye's song "Wicked Games" in 2011 and in turn massively expanded his fanbase. Last year, Tesfaye returned the favor with a featured role, production and writing credits on Drake's "Crew Love" followed in short order by Wiz Khalifa's "Remember You." The up-and-comer also broke from the indie pack by signing with a major, Universal's Republic Records, and releasing his Trilogy album via his own label XO.

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