The Weeknd Blows Up: “Beauty Behind The Madness”

The Weeknd organically grew his fanbase through mixtapes and YouTube releases, ultimately compiled in the platinum-selling Trilogy (2012). But his major-label debut, Beauty Behind the Madness, turned him into an international superstar with its easy synthesis of soul, rhythm and blues, and rock.  The behind-the-scenes crew included some of Tesfaye’s musical buddies but also experienced L.A. producers Stephen Moccio, Ali Payami, Danny Schofield, and Max Martin. Here is the creation story of the Grammy-nominated album.

The Oral History Of The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness, 2.8.16