The Weeknd - the 'new Michael Jackson' - scores rare Billboard chart hat-trick

Canadian singer The Weeknd has a major summer hit in Can't Feel My Face.
Canadian singer The Weeknd has a major summer hit in Can't Feel My Face. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Canadian singer The Weeknd on Wednesday proved himself to be a fast-rising star as he pulled off the rare feat of topping three premier American charts.

He has a major summer hit in Can't Feel My Face, with his agile pop vocals over a funky bassline drawing comparisons to Michael Jackson.

The song rose to No.1 on the Billboard singles chart, replacing the latest by Justin Bieber, with another song by The Weeknd, The Hills, at No.2.

The Weeknd's album, Beauty Behind The Madness, meanwhile spent a second week at No.1. He also topped for the sixth week Billboard's Artist 100, which tracks all activity including radio airplay and social media sharing.

The Weeknd becomes the second artist after pop superstar Taylor Swift to top all three Billboard charts simultaneously since the Artist 100 chart was created in July last year.

The 25-year-old - the son of Ethiopian immigrants whose real name is Abel Tesfaye - rose from obscurity in 2010 when he posted songs on YouTube.

He soon began collaborating with another rising Toronto-area star, rapper Drake, and has also worked with stars including Beyonce and Ariana Grande.

He debuted Can't Feel My Face in June during a performance at Apple's conference to announce the tech giant's new streaming service.