Defunct Brooklyn band, Yeasayer, has stated that ‘Pray for Me’ features a manipulated and unauthorized sample of their 2007’s track, ‘Sunrise.’
Yeasayer has filed a lawsuit against Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and other, with the claim that ‘Pray for Me,’ the 2018 Black Panther soundtrack collaboration infringes on ‘Sunrise’ their 2007’s track.
Yeasayer stated in the suit that ‘Pray for Me’ featured an authorized sample of ‘Sunrise’ and it is described as:
A distinctive choral performance…comprised of male voices singing in their highest registers, with animated, pulsing vibrato, and developed via distinctive audio post-processing.
The band has allegedly stated that Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd and the others in the creative team that produced Black Panther’s ‘Pray for Me,’ had taken a snippet from their 2007’s ‘Sunrise,’ manipulated the snippet and made it a substantial part of the Black Panther’s track.
The suit claims that despite the work made on the snippet, it still comes out in a way that sounds similar to ‘Sunrise,’ and ‘Pray for Me’s creative team had modified the snippet from ‘Sunrise,’ with the intention of concealing the infringement.
The band is hereby seeking for an undisclosed amount to settle the damages and profits from the Black Panther’s track. They also seek to stop the licensing and sales of ‘Pray for Me.’
The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, and Yeasayer’s representatives did not return requests for comment immediately.
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