The Weeknd Reveals Name Origin, ‘House of Balloons’ Whereabouts & More on Reddit AMA Session

blame it on Shake September 13, 2013

Following in the fingerprints of Chance the Rapper and Big Boi, The Weeknd is the next artist to take part in Reddit‘s AMA (Ask Me Anything) segment. An open forum, where fans can ask questions directly and get a personal response.

During the session, Abel was asked where he got “The Weeknd” name from, if House of Balloons is an actual place, what his collab with Diplo sounds like and much more.

Where did “The Weeknd” come from? I’ve always wondered.
I left home when I was about 17 dropped out of high school and convinced Lamar to do the same lol. We grabbed our mattresses from our parents threw it in our friends shitty van and left one weekend and never came back home. It was gonna be the title of HOB. I hated my name at the time though so I tried it as a stage name. It sounded cool. I took out the “e” because there was already a canadian band named the weekend (copyright issues).

Is House of Balloons a real place? Where was it?
65 spencer in parkdale

Whats your collab with Diplo sound like? Any idea who’s project it will be on?
It’s going to be a big record for a big album. Not mine though. And it’s a collab with another singer. No more info!! Lol

READ: The Weeknd’s AMA Session