The Weeknd Responds To “Climax” Controversy, Why He Released An Album Amid Coronavirus
The Weeknd (real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) made a few controversial comments in a new interview with Variety. Diplo, who produced Usher’s 2012 track “Climax,” explains his side of the story and then The Weeknd addressed the entire controversy again on Instagram.
Weeknd Was Flattered But Also Angry After Hearing “Climax”
In a recent interview with Variety, the Weeknd said “I heard ‘Climax,’ that  Usher song, and was like, ‘Holy fuck, 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.”
He came around to it, and “realized it’s a good thing,” finally realizing that House of Balloons “literally changed the sound of pop music before my eyes.”
“I heard ‘Climax,’ that  Usher song, and was like, ‘Holy fuck, 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.”
While Usher didn’t mention Abel specifically, he did tap into some compelling timing for his quickly launched #ClimaxChallenge.
Diplo Responds To The Weeknd
In a Tweet, Diplo wrote, “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.”
Why He Still Released After Hours Amid Coronavirus
He told Variety that, “I cut that discussion off right away, (od delaying the album). Fans had been waiting for the album, and I felt like I had to deliver it. The commercial success is a blessing, especially because the odds were against me: [Music] streaming is down 10%, stores are closed, people can’t go to concerts, but I didn’t care. I knew how important it was to my fans.”
And aren’t we all just glad it is a success because can you imagine waiting for After Hours?