“House of Balloons literally changed the sound of pop music before my eyes,” he said. “I heard ‘Climax,’ that  Usher song, and was like, ‘Holy f**k, 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.”
Produced by Diplo, “Climax” was the lead single from Usher’s 2012 studio album, Looking 4 Myself. After taking over the airwaves, the popular track went on to secure Usher a 2013 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance.
To further draw comparison, Usher also worked with Swedish signer-songwriter/producer Max Martin on Looking 4 Myself. Martin then collaborated with The Weeknd on multiple tracks from his 2015 studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness.
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