Usher and The Weeknd. Picture: AP/Reuters
Usher and The Weeknd. Picture: AP/Reuters

Usher claps back at The Weeknd claiming he copied his style on 'Climax'

By Bang Showbiz Time of article published Apr 9, 2020

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Usher has clapped back at The Weeknd saying he was "angry" when "Climax" came out because he felt he copied his style.

The "Starboy" hitmaker claims that the 2012 R&B song was too similar to his mixtape "House of Balloons", which was released the year before, but admitted he later learned that it's not a bad thing for someone to take influence from his work, and he ended up finding it "very flattering".

In an interview with Variety, the Canadian singer - whose real name is Abel Tesfaye - said: "'House of Balloons' literally changed the sound of pop music before my eyes.

"I heard 'Climax,' that Usher song, and was like, 'Holy f***, that's a Weeknd song.'"

He added: "It was very flattering.

"I knew I was doing something right, but I also got angry. But the older I got, I realised it's a good thing."

Following this, taking to his Instagram Stories the "Confessions Part II" himaker posted a video of him singing "Climax" taking a clear jab at The Weeknd's comments.

The "Blinding Lights" hitmaker's manager, Wassim Slaiby, added how it took his "small team" a lot of hard work and determination to get The Weeknd's career off the ground, and hailed his client for starting a "whole new R&B wave".

He told the publication: "People saw the rise, but have no idea how hard Abel and our small team worked for years before we got the recognition. "Abel created this whole new R&B wave everyone is on now."

Although The Weeknd felt "Climax" was like his music, the producer of the track, Diplo, previously revealed how it actually started off as a "minimal techno record with Atlanta strip clubs in mind".

He said when it came out: "The production actually started as a house thing with a chord progression that I wrote, but with some time in the studio alone, I was making a sort of 'wildfire' beat out of it.

"The idea of pushing cut-off on a synth used so much in progressive house music but pulling back.

"I was making something like a minimal techno record with Atlanta strip clubs in mind."

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