The Weeknd Comes To H-Town

World's next great pop star picks Houston as the only Texas stop on new concert tour

World's next great pop star picks Houston as only Texas stop on tour

The Weeknd singer
The Weeknd is coming to H-Town. Courtesy photo

The Weeknd is coming to H-Town.

The 25-year-old Canadian singer with a cult Internet following amid predictions he will be the world's next big pop star — his  “Can’t Feel My Face" is one of summer's biggest songs — will stop at Houston's Toyota Center on December 13 as part of his 22-city The Madness Fall Tour.

The tour, which kicks off November 3 in Toronto and ends December 19 in Miami, touts the singer's new album, Beauty Behind The Madness, due out Friday (August 28) on XO/Republic Records. Concert tickets go on sale at noon the same day (August 28) as his album's release at www.livenation.com, HoustonToyotaCenter.com, 1-866-4-HOUTIX and most Houston-area Randall's stores.

Citi cardmembers have access to pre-sale tickets on Monday (August 24) at 10 am through Citi's Private Pass Program

It is the only Texas stop on the tour for the singer, who MTV has called "the best musical talent since Michael Jackson" and who was recently profiled in a flattering article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. Jon Caramanica writes: 

He has made one of the most sonically ambitious pop albums of the year, full of swaggeringly confident music indebted to the arena-sized ambitions of the 1980s, from Guns N' Roses to Phil Collins to Michael Jackson."

In a now-legendary story, The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) avoided revealing his face until over a year after his first song appeared on YouTube. In 2011, he released a series of three acclaimed free mixtapes — House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence — that became the basis for the compilation album, Trilogy, released in 2012 with three new tracks.

Last year he teamed up with Ariana Grande for the platinum-selling hit “Love Me Harder." So far this year, three songs have been big hits — “Earned It," the first release from the Fifty Shades of Grey Original Motion Picture soundtrack, "The Hill's and “Can’t Feel My Face."