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Daft Punk and The Weeknd are being sued for alleged plagiarism

San Francisco-based artist Yasminah is seeking at least $5 million in the lawsuit…

Daft Punk The Weeknd Lawsuit Yasminah
Daft Punk The Weeknd Lawsuit Yasminah

Daft Punk and The Weeknd are being sued for alleged plagiarism in their 2016 single, ‘Starboy’.

The globally chart topping track, which appeared on The Weeknd’s album of the same name, was the first single of two that would feature the French duo. The track went on to be certified platinum worldwide and sold over 6 million copies in the US alone.

Now, according to a report from TMZ, San Francisco-based artist and songwriter Yasminah is suing the Weeknd and Daft Punk, claiming that her 2009 track ‘Hooyo’ contains a glaring number of similarities to ‘Starboy’. The singer is now seeking at least $5 million for the alleged plagiarism.

According to TMZ’s report, the lawsuit states that the tracks have “obvious” similarities in that they have the same hook and key, a similar tempo, and “prominent claps” on beats two and four.

The lawsuit also states that there are numerous blog posts online that have cited blatant similarities between the two tracks and that there are “thousands” of comments that reinforce Yasminah’s claims.

It is reported that two producers who worked with Yasminah ‘Hoyoo’ had previously threatened to sue Daft Punk and The Weeknd for the alleged plagiarism but that it was settled out of court. Yasminah states that, having never received any cut from those settlements, she issuing a lawsuit herself.

Listen to both tracks below and see what you think...

  

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