The Weeknd sued over alleged similarities between ‘The Hills’ and sci-fi movie score

It is alleged that 2015 single illegally sampled score to 'The Machine'

The Weeknd is being sued over his hit single ‘The Hills’.

The Canadian R&B singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit by Cutting Edge Music Limited, according to The Hollywood Reporter. They claim that Tesfaye illegally sampled the score from The Machine, a sci-fi film released in 2013.

It is alleged that producer Emmanuel ‘Million Dollar Mano’ Nickerson sent Tom Raybould, who scored The Machine, a DM on Twitter in March to tell him about sampling his work. “I sampled your music might make it 2 the weeknd next album. Huge fan of what u did 4 the machine movie!” Nickerson tweeted.


Tesfaye and Nickerson are both mentioned in the lawsuit, as too are Tesfaye’s long-time producer Carlo ‘Illangelo’ Montagnese, co-writer Ahmad ‘Belly’ Balshe, Universal Music Group, and Republic Records. Cutting Edge Music Limited are seeking damages and an injunction.

The Weeknd released his latest album ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ in August. Featuring collaborations with Lana Del Rey and Ed Sheeran, the album reached Number One in both the UK and US.

Tesfaye also revealed that Taylor Swift couldn’t stop stroking his hair when she was drunk.