The Weeknd has donated a sum of US$5million (around £4.1million) to charity after raising money on his US tour.
The singer donated the money to the World Food Program USA, of which he is a Goodwill Ambassador to the UN World Food Programme.
The charity describes itself as “the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, saving lives in emergencies and providing a path to peace, stability and prosperity through food aid for people recovering from conflict, disaster and the effects of climate change”.
A check was presented by The Weeknd – whose real name is Abel Tesfaye – in LA after he performed a show in town.
The money was raised from a $1 (about 83 pence) contribution from each ticket sold from Tesfaye’s North American stadium tour. The “Blinding Lights” singer also sold a special edition charity t-shirt, with all proceeds going to the charity fund.
In addition to Tesfaye’s contribution, his corporate partners and touring venues also contributed to the total.
The charity’s directors and donors contributed $1m (about £800,000) to the fund, while Binance, a cryptocurrency exchange, donated $2m (about £1.6m).
“Abel is an inspiration to all of us, and through his efforts, thousands of families will have food security and hope for a better future,” said Barron Segar, president and executive director of World Food Program USA, of the donation.
The news comes along with the announcement of the second part of The Weeknd’s world tour, After Hours Til Dawn.
The tour will visit Latin America, Europe and the UK next summer, with dates in London, Manchester and Dublin in June and July.
He will also perform in European cities such as Paris, Brussels and Madrid and will finish the Latin American tour with a show in Chile in the autumn.
How to get tickets:
Tickets for the UK and Europe tour go on sale on Friday (2 December) at 12pm.
You can access tickets here.
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