The Weeknd has released his new video “In The Night,” and it stars his real-life girlfriend, supermodel Bella Hadid. The video is gripping, and as People reports, in the video Hadid doesn’t play the lady in distress, but instead rescues The Weeknd from a man who threatens to shoot him.
The video has a very “Michael Jackson” feel and sound to it. It is reminiscent of a 1980s Jackson video that plays out a storyline, and Time reports that it has been referred to as The Weeknd’s own “Billy Jean.” Even The Weeknd’s voice sounds a lot like Jackson. Check it out.
Aside from his new video, The Weeknd also played at the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which aired on CBS on December 8. Billboard reports that he performed “Can’t Feel My Face” and “In The Night” on the Victoria’s Secret runway.
He definitely rocked the runway, almost as much as the models strutting down it in their feathers and lights, singing along with him.
— VS ANGELS (@VSangelslove) December 10, 2015
Unfortunately, all of the positives in The Weeknd’s life at the moment are being overshadowed by the lawsuit that has been brought against him and his team. According to E! Online, Cutting Edge Music (Holding) Limited has alleged that The Weeknd stole the musical composition for his hit “The Hills” from a track composer Tom Raybould created for the movie The Machine.
The lawsuit filed alleged the following he stole copyrighted music from the movie’s soundtrack.
“… copyrighted musical composition of an original song, titled ‘Revolution’ on the soundtrack album and ‘Revolution Sequence’ on the cue sheet, from the score for the motion picture entitled The Machine.”
The lawsuit also claimed the track was used without permission and with full knowledge that CEMH owned the copyright.
“With full knowledge of CEMH’s copyright in the Track, and without CEMH’s permission, Defendants blatantly copied a unique and significant portion of the Track and included it in a high profile and widely distributed single and album, thereby infringing on the copyrights exclusively licensed by CEMH… Specifically, both the Infringing Song and the Track featuring synthesizer bass-lines performed with almost identical idiosyncratic sounds at the same register and using the same pitch sequence, melodic phase structure and rhythmic durations.”
— Dancing Astronaut (@dancingastro) December 11, 2015
According to E! Online, The Weeknd’s producer, Million Dollar Mano, aka Emmanuel Nickerson, is also a defendant in the lawsuit. CEMH alleges that Nickerson sent Raybould a Twitter message that stated he was sampling Raybould’s music and it might be included in the next The Weeknd album.
“I sampled your music might make it 2 the weeknd next album. Huge fan of what u did 4 the machine movie!”
There was no mention of credit or compensation for the music. Check out the soundtrack for The Machine.
Despite this, fans still love The Weeknd, including other members of the rich and famous. People reports that last Wednesday night, the Kardashian-Jenner family attended The Weeknd concert in style. Khloé Kardashian attracted loads of attention as she was accompanied by her sisters Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, and Kylie Jenner and her mom, Kris Jenner. The ladies were all dressed in black and ready for a serious night out on the town.
— JustJared.com (@JustJared) December 10, 2015
The Weeknd can certainly draw a diverse crowd, and his music is celebrated by many. The Star reports that he is one of the top nominees for the Grammy Awards this year, with nominations for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and nominations in five other categories. The Weeknd is surely unlikely to walk away from the Grammy Awards empty-handed.
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