The Weeknd and Daft Punk are being sued for allegedly stealing ‘Starboy’

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Daft Punk and The Weeknd are being accused of stealing the beat from their 2016 hit collaboration, Starboy,” which peaked at no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 at the top of 2017. According to TMZ, poet, singer, and songwriter Yasminah claims her record “Hooyo” is the blueprint for the trio’s joint hit.

Yasminah states she released “Hooyo” in 2009, and of course, “Starboy” came to fruition seven years later. The similarities are obvious: same chorus, same key, same tempo, and same claps on beats two and four. With the “Starboy” rhythm seemingly an obvious rip of the originally, thousands of fans and onlookers are siding with Yasminah with this one.

Two of Yasminah’s producers have already threatened lawsuits over the song, but they never made it to court. She believes that The Weeknd, real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, only knew of her song because of his East African roots. While The Weeknd was born in Canada, both of his parents are of Ethiopian descent. Yasminah is now requesting her portion of those settlements, which clock in at over $5 million. The “Starboy” music video currently has amassed nearly 1.4 billion views. Listen to both tracks below and make the comparisons for yourself.

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Daft Punk And The Weeknd Have Been Sued For Supposed Plagiarism On Their Collaboration ‘Starboy’

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Daft Punk and The Weeknd made serious waves when the artists announced a series of collaborations. The main record which the trio produced together was ‘Starboy’. It was a chart-topping hit that has been streamed well over 1 billion times on Spotify alone. Now both Daft Punk and The Weeknd are facing a lawsuit for

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Digitalism deliver on their three-track ‘PR15M’ EP

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Digitalism deliver on their three-track ‘PR15M’ EPDigitalism Press Shot

When one looks back upon the development and evolution of electronica over the past 10 years, it’s hard to overlook the nuanced stylings of Digitalism. They are a pressurized anomaly — a sonic and living representation of how versatile and eclectic this form of musical creation can be.

The German duo has consistently put out expertly layered tracks for more than a decade, each building upon and exploring further than the last. They’ve woven rock into house, visited dark techno, dance-punk, and they’ve surfed expertly on synthwave. Digitalism remixed The White Stripes, Cut Copy, Daft Punk, and Tiga, and their work has not been overlooked by their fellow sonic pioneers. Over the years, DJs such as Boys Noize, Soulwax and Justice have played their remixes and tracks at live shows. Now, with the release of the PR15M EP, Digitalism continues to show us their expedition into sound carries onward.

The three-track electro house EP carries on for 15 minutes, giving the listener a place to be, devoid of time and filled with sound. Opening up with “Space Race,” Digitalism welcomes themselves back into listeners’ senses. It’s a head bobber, consistent in its rhythm, constant in growth, and welcoming with well-spaced pauses and subtle harmonic vocal breaks. The standout track of the EP, “Glow,” has a beautiful confidence in its sound. Backed by the lyrics woven throughout the track — “It’s been so long/ ever since it’s over/ don’t stop dancing/ move on” — the duo creates a strong electronic presence for the listener to lean back on. This is truly a beat one can close their eyes to feel support and balance. The closer of PR15M “Voll Beat” is raw fun. Through a slow and intriguing build, the track creates a deep interest. Taking their time, Digitalism continuously layers different synths, patterns, and beats — they show their ability and confidence that can only accumulate over the course of nearly 15 years.

There’s a new Daft Punk book out that charts the band’s history & success

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There’s a new Daft Punk book out that charts the band’s history & successDaft Punk Pointing Terry Richardson

Somebody’s done their homework. Actually, that’s Mr. Harris Rosen, who’s done his quite a lot of research on his latest topic of literary exploration. The author of several behind-the-scenes music books, including N.W.A: The Aftermath, The Real Eminem: Broke City Trash Rapper, and more has just penned a new Daft Punk book, titled The Real Daft Punk.

The book’s just landed on the shelves, giving “vital insight into how the duo achieved unparalleled success, without compromising artistic integrity or musical vision.”

The Real Daft Punk will include exclusive interviews in the age of Homework and in the period leading up the release of Discovery with Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo,  providing a reflection of the tidal ebbs and flows of dance music and a giving insight into one of the most exceptional musical brotherhoods in history.

Aside from providing a rich historical context on the robot duo, The Real Dat Punk will also feature over 80 original behind-the-scenes photos, including the likes of Derrick Carter and Underworld‘s Karl Hyde, as well as a complete Daft Punk discography.

Grab a copy here.


H/T: Mixmag

The 100 Best Songs Of The Century According To Rolling Stone

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Rolling Stone recently polled artists, critics, and industry leaders to create a list of the 100 best songs of the century. While we’re already 18 years into the century, the music industry has gone through a number of twists and turns. Although the list of the greatest songs of the century is highly subjective, artists

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Daft Punk’s creative director launches high-end futurist furniture exhibition

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Daft Punk’s creative director, Cedric Hervet, is a man of many talents.

From their album covers to general art direction, Hervet was the Parisian’s duo’s go-to liaison. He was in charge of all the art direction for Random Access Memories, co-produced their third album Human After All, and even put his eclectic touch on films like Daft Punk’s Electroma and Interstella 5555. On top of that, Hervet was also the animation supervisor of the 2009 Oscar-winning animated short film Logorama. More recently, his creative tendencies have taken an interior design format via the 2014 launch of own Hervet Manufacturier company. Through cutting-edge block desk designs, coffee tables, and lounge chairs, Hervet approaches the futurist form with poise.

Hervet’s most recent exhibition can be found inside Maxfield’s Beverly Hills output in Los Angeles and as expected, it’s a sight to behold. Pieces have been placed throughout the Jean Prouvé building whose highlights include the company’s Le Satellite that houses a Bose sound system, passager armchairs made of steel and full-grain leather, and smaller items such as the Astrolux lamp made out of exotic wood, as well as Vedette skate decks. All of the items in the new Maxfield exhibition were built using traditional woodworking techniques like marquetry and veneering.

View photos from the exhibition below, which opens to the public at Maxfield LA on June 28.

H/T: Hypebeast

What’s with this mysterious video Daft Punk posted to their YouTube page?

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Daft Punk is busy making their usual run of cryptic moves — and hopefully their most recent mysterious YouTube upload is no isolated incident. The dance music icons have seemingly just released a track or teaser to all 2.7 million of their listeners

The track appears to come as a brand new Daft Punk and Floatgoat release insofar as it was uploaded on Daft Punk’s YouTube channel. At the same time, the video could also be an auto-generated music video by CDBaby, in which case the track may just be a cover of Daft Punk’s “Voyager.” According to Google, YouTube creates “auto-generated channels” via algorithms in order to “collect trending and popular videos by topic” and “allow musicians to monetize their songs.”

DA has reached out to CDBaby — the independent music store tied to Voyager’s online release on May 24 — for comment on the video upload.

People Are Confused After Mysterious Video Was Uploaded To Daft Punk’s YouTube Channel

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Today (May 23rd), we received a notification that Daft Punk had uploaded a new video to their YouTube page with all 2.7 million subscribers. The mysterious upload titled “Voyager” seemed to be a new release or a teaser by the iconic electronic music duo. Despite being uploaded on Daft Punk’s YouTube channel and being a

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Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter pens new song ‘Sangria’ for provocative horror movie, ‘Climax’

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Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter wrote new music for Climax, the latest film from Argentinian provocateur Gaspar Noé.

Bangalter’s new track, “Sangria,” appears alongside his previously released “What To Do” and Daft Punk’s Homework-era “Rollin’ and Scratchin.’” Additional dance tracks in the film, as confirmed by the tracklist, include Apex Twin’s  “Windowlicker” and Giorgio Morodor’s “Utopia – Me Giorgio,” as well as tracks from Gary Numan, Soft Cell, The Rolling Stones, and more.

Famous for his grueling, gonzo style of filmmaking, Noé’s film is slated for release in the US on September 19 by A24. Best known for their films Moonlight, Ex Machina, Room, and Lady Bird, Climax marks the New York company’s first foray into world cinema.

Claiming to be based on true events, according to The Telegraph, the film “follows a group of dancers on an intensive residential course at a school on the outskirts of Paris, whose post-rehearsal punchbowl is spiked with some unknown hallucinatory substance, bringing on a speedy mass descent into Noéan psychosis.”

Climax marks the third time the French robot and Argentine director have collaborated for the big screen. Bangalter previously provided music for Noé’s Irreversible in 2002, as well as 2009’s psychedelic thriller, Enter the Void.

 

Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter Has Produced A New Song For Argentine Art House Film

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Daft Punk have been eerily silent for the last few months. It is common for the Robots to reignite some kind of hype at least once a year. While many thought they would end up as Ultra Music Festival’s special guest, Daft Punk in no way contributed to those rumors by staying silent through the

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