The Weeknd sued by songwriters over ‘Starboy’ track

A trio of composers are claiming copyright infringement.

The Weeknd has been sued by a trio of British songwriters who claim he cribbed from a song of theirs without permission.

Brian Clover, Scott McCullouch and Billy Smith claim that the R&B star—real name Abel Tesfaye—used a primary section of “I Need Love,” a song they penned in 2004, on his Starboy song “A Lonely Night,” the BBC reports.

Clover claims after they attempted to sell the song, among others, to a record label in 2016 and failed to find a buyer, the rights were returned to them in November that year. The Weeknd’s Starboy, containing “A Lonely Night,” was released two weeks later and went on to be certified double platinum.


“We have never had a hit. We have had songs on hold, but never got over the line,” Clover said. “It is frustrating because it has always been our goal to have our names on an album by an artist.”

The Weeknd has denied the claims through his legal team. Revisit “A Lonely Night” here:

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