The Weeknd and Daft Punk face lawsuit for allegedly stealing 'Starboy'
A self-described poet, singer and songwriter named Yasminah is suing the trio for allegedly ripping off her 2009 track 'Hooyo'.
The Weeknd and Daft Punk are at the receiving end of a lawsuit for "at least $5 million" after being accused of stealing the tune for the 2016 smash hit 'Starboy', which featured on the former's album of the same name.
According to a report by TMZ, a self-described poet, singer and songwriter named Yasminah is suing The Weeknd and his French electronic robot rock duo collaborators, allegedly claiming that her 2009 song 'Hooyo' is the blueprint for 'Starboy.'
In the lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Yasminah says the similarities are "obvious to the ear", adding that both songs feature the "same hook, same key, and similar tempo".
She also claims both songs feature a "prominent clap" on beats 2 and 4. The report also notes that the documents speak of several blog posts that acknowledge the resemblance and several thousand comments that agree with Yasminah.
Two of Yasminah's producers reportedly threatened lawsuits over the song at a much earlier date, but the case apparently never went to the courts, with the producers opting for an out-of-court settlement instead. But now, Yasminah claims that she never got a cut of the settlements and is, therefore, suing the trio for at least $5 million.
Listen to Yasminah's 'Hooyo' below, followed by The Weeknd's 'Starboy' and decide for yourself!