Portishead Frontman Tries To Embarrass Weenkd



The British band Portishead’s leader has tried to embarrass singer and songwriter the Weeknd during their ongoing row about a sample. He posted the R&B star’s request letter on his Twitter.com account.

Geoff Barrow claims Weeknd improperly used their sample from the band’s single Machine Gun from 2008 on his 2013 single Belong to the World.

The songwriter argued he did not use the sample, however, and that the music was not even remotely similar to Machine Gun to warrant infringement.

Barrow now stepped up his claim and posted a letter from the Weeknd representative from February 2013, in which they seek a rights sample.

Barrow said, “I think it’s a load of bollox (sic). When someone asks to sample you and you refuse, they should have the respect as a fellow artist to not use it.

We usually give sample clearance to tunes we like. It’s got f**k all to do with money…! I just want my beat back.

Barrow added, posting the letter from the Weeknd representative, “Hey kids, part one of ‘No infringement.‘”

He went on and posted the Weeknd’s Twitter user name.

The Weeknd had acknowledged Portishead in an interview with Complex, which Stereogum excerpted.

In 2013, he explained, “Yeah, [Portishead] was the inspiration behind that. I wrote a letter to the producers of Portishead and let them know this album is inspired by them.

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