Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn (born November 20, 1983), known professionally as Future is an American hip hop recording artist. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Wilburn first became involved in music as part of the Dungeon Family, where he received the nickname "the Future." After amassing a series of mixtapes between 2010 and 2011, Future signed a major-label deal with Epic Records and A1 Recordings, which helped launch Future's own label imprint, Freebandz. He subsequently began working on his debut album Pluto, and in April 2012 released the album to positive reviews. The album spawned five singles, all of which charted on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Future's second album, Honest, was released in April 2014, where it surpassed his debut on the Billboard 200 chart. He unexpectedly released his third album, DS2, in July 2015, which earned him his first number-one placement on the Billboard 200. His 2015 collaborative effort with Drake, titled What a Time to Be Alive, earned Future his second number-one album. Future premiered his fourth solo album EVOL, in February 2016, on DJ Khaled's We The Best Radio's debut on Beats 1. In 2016, Future became the fastest artist to chart three number-one albums on the Billboard 200.
Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye (born 16 February 1990), known professionally by his stage name The Weeknd (pronounced "the weekend"), is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer. In late 2010, Tesfaye anonymously uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name "The Weeknd". He released three nine-track mixtapes throughout 2011: House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence, which were critically acclaimed. The following year, he released a compilation album Trilogy, thirty tracks consisting of remastered versions of the mixtape material and three additional songs. It was released under Republic Records and his own label XO.
In 2013, he released his debut studio album Kiss Land, which was supported by the singles "Kiss Land" and "Live For". His second album, Beauty Behind the Madness, which became his first number one album on the Billboard 200, included the top-five single "Earned It" and produced the number-one singles "The Hills" and "Can't Feel My Face". The songs have simultaneously held the top three spots on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, making him the first artist in history to achieve this. The Weeknd has won two Grammy Awards.