The Weeknd is facing a lawsuit after two artists claim he stole their record and used it for his 2018 hit song, "Call Out My Name."
On September 17th, Suniel Fox and Henry Strange, who make up the music group, Epikker, filed legal docs in California federal court. They allege that the Canadian XO superstar and his collaborators, Nicolas Jaar and Frank Dukes, plagiarized their 2015 track, "Vibeking," and released it as part of his "My Dear Melancholy" EP.
Fox and Strange also stated that they reached out to The Weeknd's DJ and engineer, PNDA, and asked him about the song. PNDA allegedly told the duo they would not be credited because Weeknd didn't know who they were.
"Just gonna tell The Weeknd that our production team wrote the track," the two claim PNDA told them. Strange shot back at PNDA, insisting that Weeknd knew who they were from a prior Drake tour.
The suit notes that both "Vibeking" and "Call Out My Name" are "in a minor key" and are both in "a 6/8 meter that is less common in popular music."
Since its release, "Call Out My Name" has gone 3x platinum, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Fox and Strange's "Vibeking" remains unavailable on streaming platforms.
The duo is asking that The Weeknd be banned from performing the record until the suit is resolved. They are also seeking any proceeds earned from "Call Out My Name" and all legal fees.
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