The Weeknd Covers Billboard Magazine

With his new “Beauty Behind The Madness” album dropping on Friday, The Weekndgraces the front cover of Billboard magazine’s latest issue. Toronto singer talks inspiration from Michael Jackson, making his mother proud, topping the Hot 100 charts, hitting the stage with Taylor Swift and more.

Check out some excerpts from the interview below.

Making his mother Proud:

“I couldn’t face her until I made something out of myself. I couldn’t go back home as a nobody.”

Inspiration from Michael Jackson: “I got emotional, thinking back to the first time he read its lyrics. It’s when I first knew I wanted to write songs.”

When Taylor Swift Brought Him Onstage: 

“When she introduced me and the whole stadium screamed their lungs out, it kind of threw me off. I did not expect that reaction.”

Topping the Hot 100 Charts:

“The pop-star life is a new challenge”

Read the full story on the latest issue of Billboard, which is out now.

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