The Weeknd Settles Lawsuit Over 2018 Hit “Call Out My Name”

The Weeknd Settles Lawsuit Over 2018 Hit “Call Out My Name”

The Weeknd is going to avoid a lengthy trial, as he’s settled a copyright infringement lawsuit over his 2018 hit “Call Out My Name.”

The singer was originally sued in September 2021 by electro duo Epikker members Suniel Fox and Henry Strange. The lawsuit also listed Frank Dukes and Nicolas Jaar – who worked as producers on the song – as defendants.

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The complaint alleged that The Weekend’s song stole the vocal hook and lead guitar from their unreleased song “Vibeking.”

The duo even produced an email written by The Weekend saying he “listened and liked” their song, which proved he was aware of their track before releasing their own.

However, the case has now come to an end with the agreement of a settlement. It’s unclear how much the defendants agreed to pay. But the plaintiffs were originally seeking all the song’s profits as well as their attorney’s fees.

“The parties have reached a settlement in principle of this action,” a court filing stated. “Because the parties are still in the process of formalizing, executing, and consummating that settlement, Plaintiff respectfully requests that the Court take all dates off calendar and set a date in 30 days for the parties to file a joint status report if the case has not already been dismissed.”

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This isn’t the first time The Weekend has been sued for allegedly plagiarizing another artist’s music. In 2018, Somali-American musician Yasminah filed a $5 million lawsuit accusing The Weekend of copying her 2009 song “Jewel of My Life (Hooyo)” on his 2016 hit “Starboy.”

Yasminah not only named The Weekend in the lawsuit but also Daft Punk and Republic Records.

The Weeknd is currently facing another lawsuit alongside a slew of other celebrities. Filed late last year, the class action lawsuit accused Yuga Labs, the creators of the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs, of using celebrities to increase the value of their NFTS, though it ultimately led to huge losses for buyers.

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The Weekend as well as celebrities like Justin Bieber, Post Malone, Madonna, Kevin Hart, Snoop Dogg, Stephen Curry, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexis Ohanian, Diplo, Serena Williams, Paris Hilton, DJ Khaled, Jimmy Fallon, and Future are named in the lawsuit for promoting or being involved with Bored Ape Yacht Club.

The celebrity involvement apparently generated billions of dollars in revenue for the company, but it’s unclear how much in damages the class action lawsuit is seeking. It remains ongoing.

Sources: Rolling Stone, Okay Player,

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