Geoff Barrow Says the Weeknd Used Portishead Sample Without Permission
Published Jul 15, 2013Toronto R&B experimenter the Weeknd (also known as Abel Tesfaye) is set to release his new album Kiss Land in the near future. His latest single has drawn the ire of Portishead member Geoff Barrow, however, as it apparently borrows a sample without permission.
Earlier today (July 15), Tesfaye released a geoblocked music video for the song "Belong to the World," which is unavailable in Canada but on MTV here. Still, those who could view it included Portishead's Geoff Barrow, who accuses the performer of sampling his band's song "Machine Gun" without permission.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote, "I think it's a load of bollox.... When someone asks to sample you and you refuse they should have the respect as a fellow artist to not use it."
Barrow added that it's not about money, but more about the band's they like and don't like. "We usually give sample clearance to tunes we like. its got fuk all to do with money! As most of them are hiphop artist that are skint."
No word yet from Tesfaye's camp. Keep an eye on our site for the new video when it becomes available to us lowly Canadians.