As we reported earlier in the week, the Weeknd is up for 7 Grammy Awards. However, the band's celebrations were cut short due to a new lawsuit filed against their hugely popular song "The Hills".
The suit asserts that music for independent sci-fi film "The Machine" is strikingly similar to the Weeknd's song. In fact, the Weeknd features "bass lines performed with almost identical idiosyncratic sounds at the same register and using the same pitch sequence, melodic phase structure and rhythmic durations". Tom Raybould, the composer for the film, received a direct message on Twitter from a credited writer on "The Hills" declaring his admiration for Raybould's work and that his music "might make it 2 the weeknd next album".
"The Hills" spent six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's singles chart, sold 2.4 million downloads, and has been streamed nearly 400 million times in the US. The suit is seeking unspecified damages, but names several record labels and music publishers involved with the song.
According to The Machine's IMDB page, there is no Music Supervisor or a specific individual for handling music clearances. Since Cutting Edge Music is representing Raybould, the will likely handle the clearance issues directly with the film.
Representatives on behalf of the Weeknd have declined to comment on the issue, but we will keep you posted on the unfolding lawsuit. For now, head over to NYT for the full article.