Yeasayer Drop Lawsuit Against the Weeknd

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The band had claimed the Black Panther single “Pray for Me” took from its 2007 music “Sunrise”

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Yeasayer have voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit in opposition to the Weeknd, producer Frank Dukes, and UMG Recordings, Inc. over the Black Panther single “Pray for Me.” According to paperwork—filed in a New York federal courtroom and considered by Pitchfork—Yeasayer “confirmed to their satisfaction that no copyright infringement occurred.”

Yeasayer and their We Are Free, LLC had filed the lawsuit in opposition to the Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, producers Doc McKinney and Frank Dukes, and labels UMG, Interscope, Aftermath, and Top Dawg Entertainment in February 2020. In the swimsuit, the Brooklyn band claimed that “Pray for Me” incorporates a “distinctive choral performance” from “Sunrise”—“male voices singing in their highest registers, with animated, pulsing vibrato.”

This previous spring, the Weeknd, Frank Dukes, and UMG responded to the lawsuit, denying all allegations of copyright infringement. Kendrick Lamar, Doc McKinney, Interscope, Aftermath, and Top Dawg didn’t reply to the lawsuit and should not talked about within the textual content of the dismissal.

Pitchfork has reached out to legal professionals and representatives for Yeasayer, the Weeknd, and Kendrick Lamar for remark and extra data.

Yeasayer launched their remaining album Erotic Reruns in June 2019. The band announced its breakup six months later.