The Weeknd – Sued Over Uncleared Sample!

The Weeknd Sued Over Uncleared Sample!

Canadian singer/songwriter Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, has found himself in trouble over an alleged copyright infringement.

According to Cutting Edge Music Ltd, who have issued the lawsuit (the plaintiffs), the R&B artist’s hit song The Hills allegedly contains an uncleared sample from the movie score to the 2013 UK sci-fi film The Machine. The company asserts ‘Both the Infringing Song and the Track feature synthesizer bass-lines performed with almost identical idiosyncratic sounds at the same register and using the same pitch sequence, melodic phase structure and rhythmic durations.’ Additionally they also claim that The Weeknd’s producer Emmanuel Nickerson sent the soundtrack composer, Tom Raybould, a message on twitter earlier this year which stated:

‘I sampled your music might make it 2 the weeknd next album. Huge fan of what u did 4 the machine movie!’

The multi-platinum selling The Hills was a massive hit around the World and topped the charts in both Canada and the USA. If successful, the lawsuit could cost Tesfaye, his co-writers, producers and record companies unspecified damages. as well as finding the track under an injunction.

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