Update: Hours after Usher sang his song, “Climax” a cappella on Instagram, The Weeknd has taken to Twitter to clarify his remarks that were published in Variety magazine.
Original story: An admission from The Weeknd about his reaction upon hearing Usher’s 2012 single, “Climax,” had social media users raising their collective eyebrows Wednesday.
In a cover story for the newest issue of Variety magazine, the Canadian singer discussed the sound he created with his debut mixtape, “House of Balloons.”
The Weeknd released it in 2011 and at the time, there was nothing else with the same sound on the radio.
“‘House of Balloons’ literally changed the sound of pop music before my eyes,” he said, as Variety noted, “without exaggeration.”
After hearing “Climax,” the singer added he thought, “‘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.”
Usher did not respond to the magazine’s request for comment and he has yet to respond on social media.
But Twitter users quickly shared their thoughts.
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