Tesfaye is just the 12th artist in history to score back-to-back Number Ones, a group that includes Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Taylor Swift.
His new album, has sold more than half a million copies in a couple of months, and he's preparing to launch a national arena tour in November.
"I'm still digesting it, to be honest with you," Tesfaye says of his success.
"But the screams keep getting louder, dude."Tesfaye comes over to say hi, dressed in black Levi's and a Roots hoodie, his tsunami of hair piled high atop his head.
After rehearsal, Tesfaye is in the greenroom with his two managers, 31-year-old Amir "Cash" Esmailian and 35-year-old Tony Sal.
Cash is a first-generation Iranian-Canadian sweetheart who occasionally yells things into the phone like, "You may as well bend me over a table, bro!
" In a darkened soundstage on the outskirts of London, Abel Tesfaye is wondering if he can say "fuck" or not.
When I tell him he's not what I expected, he nods.
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