In 2011, The Weeknd released three free albums, each comprised of nine songs, to form the Balloon Trilogy. Select one below to listen, download, and read lyrics.
House of Balloons
Echoes of Silence
Featuring The Weeknd
After building buzz during the production of the Balloons Trilogy, The Weeknd was added to the collaboration wishlist of some of the most popular artists in the world. Despite the demand, The Weeknd only made guest appearances on four records in 2011 — all with fellow Canadian rapper Drake.
Crew Love / Good Ones Go / The Ride
(Pssssst…he’s also rumored to appear on Wiz Khalifa‘s August 2012 album, O.N.I.F.C., on a track called Make Me Remember You…but you didn’t hear that from us!)
Produced by The Weeknd
During 2011, The Weeknd was also recruited by Lady Gaga and Florence and the Machine to remix two of their hit singles with his own unmistakable production skills.
Shake It Out
Marry The Night
Before The Weeknd
Very little is known about Abel Tesfaye, especially from the time period before he became known worldwide as The Weeknd. However, a few unpolished songs have recently surfaced and leaked — including songs from when he was known as The Noise and Kin Kane, and part of a duo with rapper Jesse Ray called Bulleez N Nerdz.
- Birthday Suit (written for Drake)
- Do It
- Drugs In My Body (Thieves Like Us remix)
- Get In There (the first track Abel ever recorded!)
- Godzilla (feat. Jesse Ray — the first song Bulleez N Nerdz recorded)
- Have You Tonight (feat. Jesse Ray & Majes-D)
- In The Mood (feat. Jesse Ray)
- Krispy (feat. Jesse Ray & Rex B Mental)
- Love Through Her
- Material Girl
- Our Love (prod. T-Minus)
- Rescue You
- Sorry (One Night Stand) (Onra remix)
- When The Grip Hits (feat. Jesse Ray & Rex B Mental)