Brace yourselves The Weeknd fans, something very depressing is happening. A British music publishing company claims that the Weeknd’s hit song “The Hills” infringes on the copyright to composer Tom Raybould’s track “Revolution” from the soundtrack to the movie “The Machine.”
The movie was released in 2014.
In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, publisher Cutting Edge Music Services contends that producer Million Dollar Mano sent Raybould a direct message on March 9, 2015, stating,
“I sampled your music might make it 2 the weeknd next album. Huge fan of what u did 4 the machine movie!”
Mano, aka Emmanuel Nickerson, is also a defendant in the lawsuit, along with another producer, Illangelo, aka Carlo Montagnese.
The lawsuit points out that the song “The Hills” received first week digital sales of 109,000 copies and 5.2 million domestic streams, and debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Keep it Varcity to see how the case will move along, but in the time being, here is The Hills;