The Weeknd Sued For Allegedly Stealing 'The Hills' Sample

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In The Weeknd's mega-hit "The Hills," he sings, "That's the real me," but the company suing him over the tune isn't so sure about that.

On Wednesday, Cutting Edge Music filed a copy infringement lawsuit against The Weeknd, alleging that the 25-year-old singer swiped a bass line from the soundtrack of the 2013 sci-fi film The Machine without permission, Mashable reports. Even more damaging, the suit cites a Twitter DM The Weeknd's producer Million Dollar Mano sent to the soundtrack composer Tom Raybould that reads, "I sampled your music might make it 2 the weeknd next album. Huge fan of what u did 4 the machine movie!"

While that sounds like something that's probably not detectable to the ears of the average listener, artists deserve credit for their work no matter how minor their contributions may seem. That said, these allegations against The Weeknd are definitely serious (and TBH, it probz doesn't help that the song was one of the hugest in 2015 — we're just sayin').

Anyway, we certainly hope The Weeknd didn't jack any beats from his fellow musicians, but in the meantime, have a listen to both tracks and judge for yourselves.


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