The Weekend: 2015’s Unlikeliest Star

This is the summer of the Weeknd. Look around, the signs are everywhere: In July, the 25-year-old Canadian singer performed his absurdly catchy hit “Can’t Feel My Face” for 83,000 screaming Taylor Swift fans after she brought him out as a surprise guest at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. In August — by which time “Can’t Feel My Face” had shot to Number One on the charts — Stevie Wonder sang a few bars of the song at a concert in New York’s Central Park. Earlier this year, Katy Perry said his steamy single “Often” is her favorite song to have sex to. “I don’t know if I’m on top of the world,” says the Weeknd. “But I’m on top of my game, for sure.” How did he blow up? Details.

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