The Weeknd donates $500k to MusiCares

Multi-platinum selling artist brought back popular XO face mask

The Weeknd has given back to the members of the music community with a $500k donation to MusiCares to aid those afflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The multi-platinum selling artist brought back the popular XO face masks and matched every dollar for the donation.

The Recording Academy and MusiCares established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help people in the music industry affected by the coronavirus disease outbreak and subsequent cancellation of multiple music events. From hotel and bar gigs to major music festivals, COVID-19 is deeply impacting live music events, and the creative community behind it all. To date, the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund has raised more than $20 million and provided thousands of music creators and industry professionals with emergency assistance.

Filtering R&B and pop through an ambitious widescreen lens, The Weeknd took over popular music and culture on his own terms. The multi-platinum three-time GRAMMY Award winner is the No. 1 most listened artist in the world on Spotify and is a top 10 artist of all time for RIAA singles. His 2020 album After Hours is the No. 1 most streamed R&B album of all time, followed by his 2016 album Starboy at No. 2. The continuous record breaking of charts, sales and streams, headlining the biggest festivals and stadiums in the world, and his ever mysterious public persona combined solidifies The Weeknd as one of the most compelling and significant artists of the 21st century.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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