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2016’s massive hit “Starboy” had us all rocking when the Daft Punk-produced track dropped and while the song was a huge success, the chart-toppling record might have been a complete rip off.
According to TMZ, a self-described poet, singer, and songwriter by the name of Yasminah is suing The Weeknd and the Daft Punk team, claiming that her song “Hooyo” is the blueprint for the “Starboy” track. Yasminah’s lawsuit claims she co-wrote and released “Hooyo” back in 2009 and later released in November of 2016. Yasminah is also claiming that an earlier dispute was settled out of court but she never received any of those payments.
With a $5 million lawsuit against The Weeknd’s song, both tracks are extremely similar with the same hook, key, similar tempo, and melody.
Listen to Yasminah’s version below: