Yikes! Diplo Confirms The Weeknd’s Sound Influenced Production for Usher’s “Climax,” The Weeknd Resp
Social media was set ablaze yesterday when singer The Weekend claimed that he inspired Usher's 2012 track "Climax."
In a recent interview with Variety, the Weeknd said:
"When I first heard "Climax" I was flattered but also "angry" he also says that it took him time to "realize that it's a good thing," saying the song made him realize that House of Balloons "literally changed the sound of pop music before my eyes.
Outraged Usher fans, disagreed with the comments, and even started the #ClimaxChallenge that went viral on Instagram in support of the the Legend.
Diplo, who produced Usher's "Climax," has come forward to clear the air on the songs actual inspiration, agreeing that the Weeknd's 2011 mixtape "House Of Ballons" actually did play a part in motivation on the production side.
The Weeknd quickly replied to Diplo's comments saying that there was no hard feelings.
In an Apple Music interview with Zane Lowe that aired on Thursday, Usher talked about what inspired him and Diplo to go the direction they did with the track, leaving The Weekend out of the list of things that motivated the track:
"Me and Diplo, we were trying to do something that would raise the bar for R&B," he said. "And it took me forever to be okay with letting it go, to just like, okay, offer it to the world and care not what people think, just put it out knowing that."