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- The Rock band Yeasayer accused The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar for their “Black Panther” soundtrack collaboration “Pray for Me.”
- Lamar and The Weeknd, real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, modified the recording with “intent to conceal the infringement” and used it at least eight times in “Pray for Me,” the suit claims.
- The allegedly stolen snippet is described as “comprised of male voices singing in their highest registers, with animated, pulsing vibrato.”
- The rock trio, which broke up in December, are asking for an undisclosed amount in damages and profits from “Pray for Me.”
- They also want to stop all sales and licensing of the song over the alleged copyright infringement.
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Yeasayer, which broke up last December, said that “Pray for Me” contains an uncredited sample of “Sunrise” that’s described as “a distinctive choral performance… comprised of male voices singing in their highest registers, with animated, pulsing vibrato, and developed via distinctive audio post-processing.”
The band alleges that The Weeknd, Lamar and the rest of the creative team behind “Pray for Me” took this snippet of “Sunrise,” manipulated it and made it a “material and substantial portion” of “Pray for Me.”
The suit also accused that “despite the processing,” the snippet is still “recognizable” as coming from “Sunrise,” and that the creative team behind “Pray for Me” “modified the portion they copied from ‘Sunrise’ with the intent to conceal the infringement.”
Yeasayer are seeking undisclosed amount in damages and profits from “Pay for Me,” as well as an injunction to stop sales and licensing of the song. Representatives for the Weeknd, Yeasayer and Lamar did not immediately return requests for comment.
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