The Weeknd knows he’s been one of the most influential artists of the past decade, sharing in a new interview that he believes several artists – namely R&B star Usher – have copied his style on at least one. disk.
“’House of Balloons’ literally changed the sound of pop music before my eyes,” the singer – real name Abel Tesfaye – told Variety of his first mixtape of 2011. “I heard’ Climax ‘, that Usher song, and I was like’ Holy fk, this is a Weeknd song. ‘”
“Climax” was the first single from Usher’s 2012 studio album “Looking 4 Myself”. The track won a Grammy in 2013 for Best R&B Performance.
“It was very flattering and I knew I was doing something right,” The Weeknd continued, “but I also got angry. But the older I got, the more I realized that was a good thing.
Many have taken to social media to challenge the singer’s claim to “After Hours”, with one Usher fan writing: “I swear I’ve never seen The Weeknd do interviews and you tell me he took the time to say that Usher stole all of his vibe with Climax ?? Almost a decade after its release ?! “
Another fan of “Yeah!” singer intervened, adding: “OMG! I just heard @theweeknd say that @Usher’s “Climax” is a Weeknd song, as Usher was inspired by him. No, it’s a Usher song. Where were you in 2001 when Usher sang “Can U Help Me” and other songs like that? You @theweeknd have been INSPIRED by the sound of Usher. #The lack of respect ! “
The Canadian singer-songwriter has also acknowledged how he has been accused of borrowing his own musical style from the king of pop, Michael Jackson, whom he names as one of his main influences. He then called Jackson’s 1988 hit “Dirty Diana” “my music plan.”