Published Dec 09, 2015The Weeknd is now a veritable superstar thanks in no small part to the giant singles on his recent Beauty Behind the Madness LP. One of those singles is "The Hills," but it looks like he might be forced to pay out a significant portion of the profits from the track.
As TMZ reports, a film score production company called Cutting Edge Music has claimed that the Weeknd's producers knowingly lifted elements of "The Hills" from its soundtrack to a film called The Machine.
In a lawsuit, C.E.M. claims that it owns the licensing rights to the song. The company has asked for its share of the track's profits, though no number has been publicly revealed.
You can hear similarities between the two tracks' bass lines in the embedded videos below. Further, C.E.M. claims it has received tweets from one of the Weeknd's composers, who allegedly said the music "might make it 2 the weeknd next album."
Representatives for the Weeknd have yet to comment on the lawsuit.