Usher Responds to The Weeknd’s ‘Climax’ Controversy

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The Weeknd and Usher’s feud has reached the “Climax.”

The R&B crooners are clashing over Usher’s 2012 hit following The Weeknd’s controversial comments. Speaking with Variety, the After Hours singer said Usher’s Grammy-winning song reminded him of his early sound.

House of Balloons literally changed the sound of pop music before my eyes. I heard ‘Climax,’ that [2012] Usher song, and was like, ‘Holy f–, that’s a Weeknd song,'” said The Weeknd. “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 responded by posting a series of videos of himself listening to vocal attempts at the “Climax” falsetto before delivering a flawless rendition that sounds like the original. At the end of one video, he seemingly takes a shot at The Weeknd with some revised lyrics.

“Can’t take it back, ni**a, we reached the climax,” he sings.