The 30-year-old Starboy singer Abel Tesfaye is flying high like an Icarus. The Weeknd has dominated as #1 album and #1 single on American charts for the past two weeks. His new album After Hours has been a huge hit. However, The Weeknd might be getting too cocky about his success. He accused Usher of copying his style, back in 2012.
The Weeknd says Usher copied him:
There is no doubt that the Weeknd has a very unique singing style. However, blaming another artist for copying his style is another matter entirely. He talked about the song in the latest Variety interview:
‘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.’ It was very flattering, and I knew I was doing something right, but I also got angry. But the older I got, I realized it’s a good thing.
The Weeknd did bring in a new style of moody alt-R&B with his mixtape House of Balloons. However, that is no excuse for pointing fingers at other scientists. And Usher’s Climax does sound like a Weeknd song if you are listening to it with the intent. You can decide it for yourself:
What is #ClimaxChallenge:
The Weeknd may have started a beef without intending it. And it’s too late to back now. The article rays “Reps for Usher did not respond to Variety‘s request for comment”. However, Usher might be replying in his own style. Apparently, singer Eric Bellinger (who has collaborated many times with Usher) has started the #ClimaxChallenge. The idea behind the challenge is that Weeknd could never hit the power notes of Usher in Climax. Moreover, Eric tags the Weeknd in the Instagram post, challenging him:
Usher has not commented directly on this controversy. However, he did post an Instagram story listening to his fans’ attempts at #ClimaxChallenge.