Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, known as The Weeknd, is about to release his most-awaited music album. However, Kendrick Lamar and him are being sued by the now-split experimental American rock band “ Yeasayer”. In fact, The Weeknd and Kendrick are being sued for professed plagiarism. The allegations say that they used nearly same vocals of their song “ Pray For Me “ when compared to Yeasayer’s “Sunrise”. Pray for me was made for the movie “Black Panther”.
Is The Weeknd Responsible For The Copyright Infringement?
Yeasayer submitted a file to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. It says that the main ingredients of their song “Sunrise” are copied by the two singers, Lamar and The Weeknd. In fact, names of the producers, UMG, Interscope, Records, Aftermath Records, and Top Dawg Entertainment are allegedly equally responsible for stealing the key elements of their song.
Yeasayer’s party explained that The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar took the vocal portions of their track higher than the usual through modification. The band was formed in 2006, and they split up on 19th December 2019.
A lot of Weeknd fans are saying that the similarities between the two songs are nominal. However, the decision is totally going to be in the hands of the jury. Meanwhile, a YouTuber, Dylan Tallchief, has done an elaborated comparison of the two songs. You can watch the video here.
What happened In A Similar Case Of Copyright Infringement?
A California Jury shocked the music industry last year by charging Katy Perry $2.8 million for copyright infringement. Katy’s song, Dark Horse, is said to be extracted from Christian Rapper Flame’s “Joyful Noise”.
The case is still open. Katy Perry and her team requested the court for the alteration of the lawsuit. In fact, the same type of cases have been settled out of the court too. That include a squabble between Tom Petty and Sam Smith.
Cardi B, Lady Gaga and Lil Nas X have also been tied with the Copyright infringement cases.
Is There Any Response By The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar about the allegations?
Both the artists have not responded to Yeasayer’s allegations yet. Rumor has it that the band is asking for all the profits earned by the song “Pray For Me”.