December 10, 2015


The Weeknd Sued Over 'The Hills' Sample

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The Weeknd has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over his No. 1 smash "The Hills," which allegedly samples an obscure 2013 film without permission. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cutting Edge Music Limited filed papers in a California federal court on Wednesday (Dec. 9) against the Weeknd (real name: Abel Tesfaye), his Universal record label and publishing team, among others. The U.K.-based company alleges that "The Hills" samples part of Tom Raybould's score for The Machine, a sci-fi film released in 2013.

The key evidence, according to the complaint, is an alleged direct message sent by the song's co-writer, Emmanuel Nickerson, to Raybould in early March. The message reportedly reads, "I sampled your music might make it 2 the weeknd next album. Huge fan of what u did 4 the machine movie!"

A rep for the Weeknd did not respond to Fuse's request for comment. "The Hills" was a No. 1 smash from the Weeknd's GRAMMY-nominated recent album Beauty Behind The Madness, and has been remixed by Eminem and Nicki Minaj, among others.