Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd’s 2018 collaboration “Pray For Me” was a huge hit from the Black Panther Soundtrack, which was already being highly praised. The single itself was a Billboard 100 Top 10 hit.
A new lawsuit against Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd alleges that single “Pray For Me” from the Black Panther Soundtrack steals an uncredited sample from a band by the name of Yeasayer’s 2007 song “Sunrise.”
The Brooklyn-based rock band claims that Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd stole from its song, “Sunrise,” while slightly altering the sounds. According to TMZ, the part allegedly stolen is a “distinctive choral performance” the band recorded using their own voices.
Yeasayer claims the allegedly stolen material is “immediately recognizable” as that of their own. Thus, the band is not only asking for the blocking of all further sales and airplay of the record. Additionally, they also want all the “Pray for Me” profits from the record.
You can check out both songs down below and determine for yourself.
Do you hear any similarities between the two songs? Do you think Yeasayer has a case for their claims? It is also worth noting that Yeasayer broke up at the end of 2019.
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