MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 24: Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally as The Weeknd, has been seen on the stage at the AmericanAirlines Arena on October 24, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
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Singer The Weeknd and his producers Daft Punk have been approached about his hit “Starboy” by a fellow songwriter who claims they ripped her off.
Yasmin “Yasmina” Mohamed Manhattan federal court lawsuit claims that “Starboy” is so similar to 2009 her song “Yooho” that the internet is lit up with snarky comments about.
“Monthly EXPOSED! Starboy Melody Stolen. Weeknd needs to give credit where he really belongs. This girl sang the song in 2009,” one YouTube poster wrote, according to the lawsuit.
Mohamed, who describes himself as “a Somali-American poet, singer and songwriter,” says The Weeknd became famous with the song because it was popular at the East African diaspora that The Weeknd is connected.”
To prove it, they cited a Twitter post by the singer, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, talk about missing “my somali goons.”
“Starboy the hook is a virtually identical copy of Hooyo the hook. The material repeats every two measures during Starboy eight-measure verse,” Muhammad, the lawsuit claims.
Mohamed is also suing her own record label, Crew, and producers William Uschold and Tyrone Dangerfeild, say they settled with The Weeknd on “Yooho” — and then cutting the deal.
“The Team is the owner of the music, Yasmina,” lawyer Nai’il Benjamin told The Post.
This story was previously published in the New York Post.