“I heard ‘Climax,’ that Usher song, and was like, ‘Holy f**k, that’s a Weeknd song.’ It was very flattering” – words delivered by The Weeknd in a recent interview with Variety (click here to read).
Adding to the quote above, the Grammy winner (born Abel Tesfaye) asserted hearing the similarities to his music (namely his 2011 song ‘House of Balloons’) made him ‘angry’ – a sentiment echoed by his fans once he came under attack for implying the R&B veteran would copy him.
His suggestion was given credence Thursday (April 8) when Diplo, the producer of ‘Climax,’ pinpointed Tesfaye’s early work as one of his sources of inspiration when creating the tune (click here to read that).
With his Twitter mentions blowing up, the ‘Blinding Lights’ hitmaker took to social media to clear the air by declaring his comments were taken out of context.
See what he said inside:
After re-tweeting Diplo’s admission (as seen above), The Weeknd asserted his comment was taken out of context while maintaining the quote’s overarching message: his work inspired ‘Climax.’
Did Usher respond with a cryptic tweet? Fans say “yes.” See it below: