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The Weeknd, along with collaborators Nicolas Jaar and Frank Dukes, is being sued by Suniel Fox and Henry Strange, who make up the group Epikker. They’re alleging that he plagiarized their 2015 song “Vibeking” for his opener on 2018’s My Dear Melancholy, “Call Out My Name.”
The suit alleges, “Both works are in a minor key. Both works are in a 6/8 meter that is less common in popular music. Both works are played at a similar tempo. And both works use features of electronica, ambience, pop, hip-hop, rock, and R&B to achieve a particular atmospheric and melancholic sound.”
“Just gonna tell [The Weeknd] that our production team wrote the track,” the two claim PNDA wrote to them. “Cool? Or u have another idea? Just don’t wanna say ‘hey, [Strange] wrote this’ when he doesn’t know u.”
Strange replied, “[The Weeknd] knows me. Say both. [Strange] with Ponytail you met on Drake tour. Who is part of our production team.”