Abel Tesfaye, better known by his stage name, The Weeknd, is a new contemporary R&B artist from Ontario, Canada. The Weeknd combines the perfect mixture of melodic old school flare with contemporary sounds. So far he has only released two mix-tapes; “House of Balloons” released in 3/11, followed by “Thursday” in 8/11. His third mix-tape, “Echoes of Silence” is due to release on 10/24/11. The Weeknd is an artist on the rise and is definitely someone worth checking out.