The Weeknd and Daft Punk Sued for Stealing ‘Starboy’

The Weeknd and Daft Punk Sued for Stealing ‘Starboy’

The Weeknd & Daft Punk

Sued for Stealing ‘Starboy’

9/18/2018 6:42 AM PDT


If The Weeknd‘s huge hit, “Starboy,” had a familiar sound, it’s not because Daft Punk produced it … it’s because the song is a rip-off … or so another artist claims in a lawsuit.

A self-described poet, singer and songwriter named Yasminah is suing The Weeknd and his mega-producers, claiming her song “Hooyo” is the blueprint for “Starboy.”

In the lawsuit, she says she co-wrote and released “Hooyo” in 2009. “Starboy” was released in Nov. 2016. According to Yasminah, the similarities are obvious to the ear — same hook, same key, similar tempo and both songs feature prominent claps on beats 2 and 4. Translation:  they both have great rhythm.

According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, blog posts have been written describing the similarities between the songs … and there are thousands of comments on those posts agreeing with Yasminah’s ear.

Yasminah says 2 of her producers already threatened lawsuits over the song, which never went to court … they settled — which kinda makes sense when you listen to both songs. Yasminah says the problem is, she never got a cut of those settlements.

She’s now suing Daft Punk and The Weeknd for at least $5 million.

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