The coronavirus lockdown has everyone on the edges of their seats. After The Weeknd said Usher’s Climax copied his style, R&B fans went batshit crazy. Undoubtedly, the Weeknd and Usher are at the top of their game. However, these sorts of comments turned into an all-out fight between fans. Meanwhile, the actual parties involved have very different opinions on it all.
Diplo confirms Weeknd inspired Climax:
It all started from The Weeknd’s comment in a Variety interview. He confessed the first time he heard Climax, his reaction was ‘Holy f—, that’s a Weeknd song.’ However, Usher’s fans did not take this accusation lightly and it blew up. Moreover, singer Eric Bellinger started the #ClimaxChallenge and tagged the Weeknd on Instagram. The idea was that Abel could never hit Climax’s high notes. Nonetheless, Diplo, who produced the song, put the debate to rest:
the production on Climax lends itself to House of Balloons era @theweeknd. when I heard those early records they blew my mind – soulful in their silences, and a spacey iconic voice that felt uniquely internet. the idea of R&B having dark edges was what I wanted to bring to @usher
— Thomas Wesley (@diplo) April 9, 2020
While Diplo confirms what Weeknd suspected, other artists are not satisfied. Climax’s co-creator Ariel Rechtshaid commented below Diplo’s tweet:
I tweet this with the utmost respect to all parties involved. Climax was inspired in the room without any subconscious or conscious outside influence.
Usher’s mic-drop tweet ends the debacle:
The Weeknd also clarified that his comment is being blown out of proportion. Despite what Abel’s fans say, he admitted that Usher was an inspiration for him. He retweeted Diplo’s tweet to say:
Of course, media blows things out of proportion and takes things out of context. Usher is a King and always an inspiration so it was flattering to hear what he and Diplo did on Climax. XO
Usher did not directly address Weeknd’s comments. However, he did watch his fans’ attempts at the #ClimaxChallenge on his Insta stories. His final jab came two hours after the retweet, which sounds smug, to say the least:
Decide for yourself if Usher copied Abel’s style in Climax or not: