The Weeknd is allegedly being sued by British songwriters over his track A Lonely Night. The UK-based songwriters, William Smith, Brian Clover and Scott McCulloch have accused The Weeknd of ripping off their track I Need To Love which they pitched to artists based all over the world back in 2004 and 2005, according to reports.
The Blast reports that the trio claim Universal Music acquired the rights to their songs in 2008, but relinquished all rights in 2016. They claim weeks later The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye released A Lonely Night and they noticed similarities between his song and theirs.
So much so, that they’ve even created an edit of the two songs to show the comparisons between the two. Reports now claim the songwriters are seeking unspecified damages, $15,000 (£11,389) per infringement and forensic accounting to find out how much they are allegedly owed.
A Lonely Night features on The Weeknd’s Grammy award-winning album Starboy. The Weeknd is currently working on his fourth studio album, Chapter Six, and teased fans that the new release would be coming soon in November last year.
He said: I want you guys to be the first to know I’m working on my new album right now. Chapter 6 coming soon, let’s get it, and added further fuel to the fire by tweeting: Some chapters are smaller than others. not this next one though.
The Weeknd shared another update in March saying that the album is currently being cooked and its thought that lyrics within the songs featured on the album will be inspired by his relationship with Bella Hadid. He and model Bella are dating again, after rekindling their romance following The Weeknd’s split from Selena Gomez in 2017.