"; Sal is a courtly charmer who grew up in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war and now dates a former Miss USA.
Right now, they're trying to figure out how to get from Norway, where Tesfaye will be for promo in a few days, to Texas, where he has a show. The tour manager says he'll check, but they're talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"Me not finishing school — in my head, I still have this insecurity when I'm talking to someone educated," he says.
Tesfaye, better known as breakout pop sensation the Weeknd, is at a rehearsal for , the BBC music show, about to soundcheck his smash hit "The Hills," a four-minute horror-movie booty call featuring more than a dozen f-bombs.
"Oliver was the one vouching for me."The then-anonymous Tesfaye declined all interviews.
In part, it was because he worried he wasn't well-spoken enough: A high school dropout, he used to do crossword puzzles to improve his vocabulary, and to this day, he often wishes he were more articulate.
A lot of artists started doing things faster and quicker after that: Justin Timberlake dropped two albums in a year, Beyoncé dropped a surprise album." He's equally proud of the music itself: "I'm not gonna say any names, but just listen to the radio.
Every song is As Tesfaye said in a 2013 interview, "I was hungry....