Here's the Deal With Those Usher and The Weeknd Feud Rumors

I didn’t think that I would log on this morning to see The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) firing a shot at Usher, but that is exactly what it seemed like when his interview with Variety went live today. As you may know, Abel released his third studio album, After Hours, late last month to critical acclaim—good for him!—which probably got him reminiscing on the impact of his career-launching mixtape, House of Balloons…and how it may have influenced an Usher track.

House of Balloons literally changed the sound of pop music before my eyes,” Abel said in a not-so humble brag. “I heard ‘Climax,’ that Usher song, and was like, ‘Holy f*ck, that’s a Weeknd song.’” In case that doesn’t seem controversial enough, there’s more! “It was very flattering,” he added. “I knew I was doing something right, but I also got angry. But the older I got, I realized it’s a good thing.”

In case you’re wondering what the song even sounds like in the first place, here ya go:

So obviously, these comments got back to Usher, who then used it as an opportunity to show off his vocal agility and throw a little fun shade at Abel. Usher posted this video of himself singing “Climax”—perfectly belting the falsetto notes while laying down, might I add—and pretty much left everyone who watched it shook.

Usher takes to his Instagram stories to sing his hit song “Climax” after The Weeknd claimed he copied his style in the song. pic.twitter.com/NWVVEuLPo0

Then, out of nowhere Diplo commented on the matter since he was responsible for co-writing and producing “Climax.” Though he didn’t outright admit that Abel was telling the truth, Diplo did say that he was a fan of Abel’s sound and wanted something similar for Usher’s song. “The production on “Climax” lends itself to House of Balloons era @theweeknd,” he wrote on Twitter. “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.”

To that, Abel replied, “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 him and Diplo did on climax. XO.”

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 him and Diplo did on climax. XO https://t.co/GdLX4xD58a

So uh, I guess it’s safe to say this non-feud feud is over. Now please excuse me while I stream After Hours for the millionth time, thanks.

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