Director X reveals which music video inspired Zayn Malik's 'LIKE I WOULD'

Clue: It wasn't Azealia Banks

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Azealia Banks might've gone off on one claiming Zayn Malik nicked ideas for his 'LIKE I WOULD' video from her 'Chasing Time' vid (the less said about that rant the better, tbh); but now the man behind it all's confirmed it was actually Usher's 'Yeah!' that inspired 'em.

Director X, the fella who's worked on everything from Little Mix's 'Hair' to Fifth Harmony's 'Work From Home,' has revealed Usher was their inspo *and* Zayn came up with the orange contact lens thing himself. Soz Azealia.

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Chatting to Entertainment Weekly, Director X said: "I've done a bunch of laser-themed music videos before. I did Usher's "Yeah!" and I've been wanting to redo that video for a long time. I've got, what, 10 years of thinking about what I could have done differently? Something like that. So I brought in all that old experience and the Cyclone, and we started building it from there. Then the team started getting involved. 

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"Like, "Hey, what if we did clothes that light up?" We held on to the some of the dancing idea from the original treatment and just all that mixed together."

Yappin' on about el Maliko's (lack of) dancing, X added: "I think there is a dancer inside of him. If you look at his performance, you begin to see it. I don't know how much he embraces it, but as someone who works with dancers and can see potential, I think in a few years, you're going to be seeing quite an active Zayn onstage. He's coming out of his shell."

With Zayn shooting the video for "Like I Would"

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X also mentioned Zayn's boy band past didn't really affect the vibe, saying: "It's not really something I was thinking about. My focus is just always on the work. I was treating him like any other artist. He's more than a boy band artist, he's definitely shown that he has what it takes to play in the major leagues. 

"Not that One Direction wasn't major, but there's a disconnect with those young boy bands. Their fan base is very young and as an adult, there's just a song or two I might know from One Direction. It feels like they're on a different radar. Even like Justin Bieber, he's progressed and now he's really in the game. He's legitimately getting clubs. They're playing his songs at nightclubs. There is another level to achieve."

Oh, AND the orange contact was Zayn's genius plan. Director X explained: "That was Zayn's idea. It's something he wanted to do. He came on set and had this contact in. I was like, "That's what we're doing?" "Yeah, that's what we're doing."

"I'm very much a believer in people owning their department and I think an artist really owns the video. I trust their instinct and their tastes, because their taste is what their audience likes. I go with it."

LET'S WATCH IT AGAIN YAY.

Oh and here's Usher's 'Yeah!' for old time's sake.

Thoughts on that, then? Give us a tweet over @sugarscape after this vid, please and ta.

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