Justin Timberlake has found himself in legal trouble over an alleged unauthorised sample.
The Grammy Award-winning pop star has is being sued by theatrical company Cirque du Soleil, which is accusing him of sampling one of its own original songs on his 2013 track ‘Don’t Hold The Wall’ without the company’s permission.
The circus group is also accusing Timbaland, who produced the album, of lifting parts of its track ‘Steel Dream’, which first appeared in its Quidam stage production in the late 90s, and on the album of the same name. The Canadian entertainment company is seeking $800,000 (£560,000) in damages, in a suit filed on Thursday (March 31) to a New York federal court.
Producers J-Roc and James Fauntleroy are also named as defendants, alongside Sony Entertainment, Universal Music and the WB Music Corp. Anheuser-Busch, the American drinks giant, is also named after using the single in a beer advert.
Neither Timberlake nor the other accused parties have commented on the suit.
It isn’t the first allegation of copyright infringement Timberlake has faced. The singer was sued by the 1970s group Sly, Slick and Wicked earlier this year, who claimed his track ‘Suit & Tie’ sampled the vocals from their song ‘Sho’ Nuff’ without consent.
In February, disco artist Perry Kibble started proceedings to sue Timberlake and Will.I.Am for sampling his single ‘A New Day Is Here At Last’ in their 2006 hit ‘Damn Girl’.