The Weeknd has the number one album on the charts. The R&B superstar who is usually pretty private is doing interviews for the After Hours promotional run.
Luckily, Abel Tesfaye was able to release singles and film videos before the Coronavirus changed the way the population functions. His album sold nearly 500k copies the first weak it hit music services.
Well received would be an understatement to the reaction that After Hours is getting and the genius behind it is giving fans an inside perspective at how it came together. He also went back to hits roots of what it was like growing up and reflected on turning 30.
However, it was a comment that he made about Usher that caught the attention of social media users.
”House of Balloons’ literally changed the sound of pop music before my eyes. I heard ‘Climax,’ that Usher song, and was like, ‘Holy f***, that’s a Weeknd song.’’
The Starboy went on to say that he isn’t as angry about it as he once was.
Abel wanna say “Climax” is a Weeknd song & Usher copying his style is “flattering”… A song that dropped in 2012 when the Weeknd and his crying ass voice was who exactly?! pic.twitter.com/XYbefTlAd2
— Julia Carter (@thejuliacarter) April 8, 2020
‘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.’
These comments did not sit well with some people. There are many who understandably believe that without Usher — there would be no Weeknd. Additionally, Climax was released in 2012 when The Weeknd wasn’t an American household name.
‘The Weeknd, who can’t hit a note without drowning his vocals in the depths of autotune, is opening his ugly mouth to talk shit about Usher? Yikes,’ tweeted one.
The Weeknd would need to know how to sing first to ever be compared to Usher. Blasphemy!! https://t.co/NyOQ3ethrU
— Karabo (@KaraboParkins) April 8, 2020
‘The Weeknd out here doing Micheal Jackson and The Dream impressions on every song talking about Usher took his sound on Climax,’ added another.
This person said: ‘Abel wanna say “Climax” is a Weeknd song & Usher copying his style is “flattering”… A song that dropped in 2012 when the Weeknd and his crying a** voice was who exactly?!’
What do you think about his comments?