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Daft Punk and The Weeknd are being sued for alleged plagiarism on 'Starboy'

A singer is seeking at least $5 million and apparently has loads of support

  • Harrison Williams
  • 18 September 2018
Daft Punk and The Weeknd are being sued for alleged plagiarism on 'Starboy'

Daft Punk and The Weeknd are being sued for allegedly plagiarizing material on their collaborative track 'Starboy'.

The Weeknd collaborated with Daft Punk on the 2016 hit track 'Starboy', which was the lead single from The Weeknd's album of the same name. The track peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold six million copies in the US alone. Now it's alleged that the producers may have borrowed material from outside sources, according to TMZ.

A singer and songwriter named Yasminah is now suing The Weeknd and Daft Punk for at least $5 million. She claims her song 'Hooyo', which she co-wrote and released in 2009, shares many of the same elements as 'Starboy'.The lawsuit claims that both tracks have the same hook and same key, as well as a similar tempo and notable claps on beats two and four.

The lawsuit also cites numerous blog posts that outline the similarities between the songs. Apparently there are thousands of comments that agree with Yasminah.

Two of Yasminah's producers also apparently threatened lawsuits in the past and settled out of court. Yasminah says she never received a cut from those settlements and now she has issued a lawsuit of her own, seeking at least $5 million.

Listen to both songs below.

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