Geoff Barrow claims The Weeknd denies sampling Portishead without permission

But the R&B singer still hasn't issued public response...

Geoff Barrow has seemingly claimed that The Weeknd has denied sampling Portishead on his track ‘Belong To The World’.

The R&B singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, hasn’t publicly responded to the allegations that he copied the band‘s 2008 track ‘Machine Gun’ without their permission, despite numerous requests, but Barrow has now published a post on Twitter suggesting that The Weeknd has commented privately on the matter.

Barrow wrote: “Seems The Weeknd have said there is no sample used or enough likeness to Machine Gun to warrant any infringement….or credit.” Previously, Barrow took to Twitter to address The Weeknd after it was revealed that Portishead had declined his request to sample ‘Machine Gun’. “When someone asks to sample you and you refuse they should have the respect as a fellow artist to not use it,” he wrote.

Discussing the topic further and defending himself against suggestions from fans of The Weeknd that Portishead wanted more money to clear the sample, he had added: “We usually give sample clearance to tunes we like. It’s got fuck all to do with money! As most of them are hip-hop artists that are skint. Feels like I’m being used to promote the track now. I’ll shut up now.”

‘Machine Gun’ featured on Portsihead’s 2008 album ‘Third’. The band recently headlined one night on the Other Stage at Glastonbury 2013. The Weeknd releases his debut album proper, ‘Kiss Land’ later this year. ‘Kiss Land’ will be the first release from The Weeknd since the ‘Trilogy’ box set in 2012, itself a compilation of three free mixtapes distributed online by the artist in 2011.

The Weeknd tours the UK later this year, playing three arena shows including a date at London’s O2 Arena. See below for the full dates.

Birmingham Nia (November 22)
Manchester O2 Apollo (23)
London O2 Arena (26)