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Yeasayer suing Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd over Black Panther track "Pray For Me"

25 February 2020, 10:48 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Yeasayer are taking legal action against Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd for using a "distinctive choral performance" from their 2007 track "Sunrise" in Black Panther song "Pray For Me".

Yeasayer announced their split in December last year after releasing their Erotic Reruns album in June 2019.

The retired band have filed a lawsuit against Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd for their Black Panther track "Pray For Me", claiming that Lamar and The Weeknd's track infringes on Yeasayer's 2007 single "Sunrise".

Pitchfork has posted the lawsuit documents, which claims Yeasayer are seeking profits and damages for the use of a "distinctive choral performance" in "Pray For Me".

They claim The Weeknd and Lamar used the same "Sunrise" choral performance, and "slightly modified it, including, on information and belief, via postprocessing to alter its pitch, among other qualities, and then inserted the modified audio material into "Pray For Me"."

Read the full lawsuit over at Pitchfork. Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd are yet to respond.
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