The Weeknd has gotten himself into some possible legal trouble. According to E! News, the singer whose real name Abel Tesfaye, together with his team were hit with a lawsuit by a British company that claims that The Weeknd ripped off the musical composition for his hit single, "The Hills" from a track by composer Tom Raybould which was used for the 2013 movie The Machine.
A lawsuit was filed last Wednesday at the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, stating that Cutting Edge Music (Holding) Limited alleges that the artist "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."
Apparently, the lawsuit does not stop there, it was also continually stated that "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."
According to Allmusic.com, looking back on April, Tesfaye, 26, won Juno Awards in the categories of Breakthrough Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording Artist of the Year. Trilogy was certified platinum by the RIAA the next month. Kiss Land, much darker in tone than its title implied, followed in September 2013 and debuted at number two.
Out of its several singles, only Live For, featuring Drake, touched the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Tesfaye had much more success with a series of non-album singles that followed. "Often," released in 2014, was at Top Ten R&B/Hip-Hop hits. In addition, the "Can't Feel My Face" singer was featured on Ariana Grande’s "Love Me Harder," which reached the Top Ten of the Hot 100 and went platinum in the U.S.
"Earned It," featured in Fifty Shades of Grey, repeated the same feats. In 2015, the alternative R&B act issued "The Hills," a booming ballad, and "Can't Feel My Face," a disco-funk throwback, as the first two singles from Beauty Behind the Madness. The former cracked the Hot 100 Top 20, while the latter reached the chart's Top Ten. The album was issued that August and debuted at number one.