The Weeknd and ‘Call Out My Name’ collaborators face copyright lawsuit

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Sunil Fox and Henry Strange allege their 2015 track ‘Wybeking’ was copied

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The Weeknd is facing a plagiarism lawsuit over his track ‘Call Out My Name’.

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The singer – real name Abel Tesfaye – and his collaborators Nicolas Jar and Frank Duke, on the song from the 2018 mini-album ‘My Dear Melancholy’, are also involved in a court case filed by producers Sunil Fox and Henry Strange, as are Universal Musical Group. .

Fox and Strange claim that ‘Call Out My Name’, which has garnered over 700 million views on YouTube, picked up elements from their 2015 track ‘Wybeking’, writing in their filing that the songs were “with their respective lead guitars”. contain quantitatively and qualitatively similar material and vocal hooks, including melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements typical for ‘vibeking’.


The pair also claim to have records of correspondence with The Weeknd’s camp which supports their case, according to Law 360.

He alleges that he emailed his song to Eric White – The Weeknd’s DJ and playback engineer, aka PNDA – who later told him that Tesfaye described his track as “fire”.

White also reportedly wrote back saying that he would not credit Fox and Strange for their work. “I’ll just tell” [The Weeknd] That our production team has written the track. cold? Or do you have any other ideas? just don’t wanna say ‘hey,’ [Strange] It was written ‘When he doesn’t know you,'” he is alleged to have said.

In his response, Strange reportedly wrote: “[The Weeknd] knows me say both. [Strange] With the ponytail you met on the Drake tour. Who is part of our production team?

Fox and Strange are reportedly seeking all profits from ‘Call Out My Name’ as well as legal fees, and they want to bar The Weeknd from performing or distributing the song until a decision is reached. go.


Granthshala has contacted a spokesperson for The Weeknd for comment.

This comes after Yester and Portishade previously accused the artist of copying their work.

Meanwhile, Toronto’s X University is set to offer a course on the worldwide impact of two of Canada’s city’s biggest artists, Drake and The Weeknd, from next year.

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