The Weeknd has been accused of plagiarising an unreleased music video by Canadian duo Majical Cloudz with his recent ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ clip.
Toronto-based R&B singer Abel Tesfaye releases his latest album ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ this week (August 28), recently unveiling the video for the aforementioned single.
The ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ video sees Tesfaye performing during an open mic night at a bar, with the Majical Cloudz clip shown to involve a similar premise.
The video’s director Mitch Moore wrote on Instagram: “So about a year ago, I directed a video for Majical Cloudz. Because of creative differences, it never came out. But the production was large, and many feedback emails were sent out with private uploads of the edit.”
Moore added: “It’s come to my attention that some body at the helm of a certain mega popular video must have seen one or more of these unreleased edits. The resemblance is too uncanny. My mind is a mansion of creativity, so this petty theft is nbd to me. But I’m still calling the police!!”
Watch a comparison of the two videos below, as uploaded by Moore.
Watch the full video for ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ beneath.
In 2013, The Weeknd was accused of using an unauthorised sample of Portishead’s ‘Machine Gun’.
According to the band’s Geoff Barrow, the Canadian singer’s track ‘Belong To The World’ includes a sample of 2008 song ‘Machine Gun’, which Tesfaye later denied.
Barrow claimed that Tesfaye requested permission to use the sample and he rejected the query. Tesfaye remained adamant that his song does not sample ‘Machine Gun’.
The Weeknd’s new album includes guest spots from Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran and UK pop performer Labrinth. Listen to a mini-mix of all the tracks from the LP here.
Tesfaye has also unveiled a video for his Kanye West-produced track ‘Tell Your Friends’.