The Weeknd’s career has been blowing up lately with the huge success of his single “Can’t Feel My Face.” Last month feel finally shared the visuals for the summer hit, and the results were definitely attention-grabbing. The song and video seem like an obvious tribute to Michael Jackson, however it now appears there’s more to the video than simply paying homage.
Director Mitch Moore claims that Grant Singer—the director of The Weeknd’s video—actually stole the treatment from a Majical Cloudz video that inevitably got scrapped. Moore shared his thoughts on Instagram along with side-by-side clips from both videos that show the similarities.
Moore says that the Majical Cloudz video was never released due to “creative differences” but edits of the video were shared in various email threads in order to get helpful feedback. He thinks that Singer must have seen the footage before directing The Weeknd’s video because “the resemblance is too uncanny.”
Watch the clip below and judge for yourself.
So about a year ago, I directed a video for Majical Cloudz. Because of creative differences, it never came out. But the production was large, and many feedback emails were sent out with private uploads of the edit. It’s come to my attention that some body at the helm of a certain mega popular video must have seen one or more of these unreleased edits. The resemblance is too uncanny. My mind is a mansion of creativity, so this petty theft is nbd to me. BUT I’M STILL CALLING THE POLICE!! 😜😜😜😜