Singer Justin Timberlake has run into legal trouble over his song “Don’t hold the wall”.
Canadian entertainment company Cirque du Soleil has sued the Grammy-winning singer, accusing him of sampling part of one of the performance company’s original songs in the track from his 2013 album “The 20/20 Experience” without permission, reports variety.com.
The lawsuit claims that Timberlake borrowed from “Steel dream”, a song that originally appeared in “Quidam”, Cirque’s ninth stage production, and later on a 1997 album of the same name.
The suit, filed on Thursday at a federal court here, is seeking $800,000 in copyright infringement damages.
Timbaland and “Don’t hold the wall” co-writers J-Roc and James Fauntleroy, along with Sony Entertainment, Universal Music and WB Music Corp were also named as defendants in Cirque’s suit.
No stranger to copyright infringement-related accusations, Timberlake was sued by the 1970s rhythm and blues band Sly, Slick and Wicked earlier this year over his song “Suit & Tie”, claiming that it borrowed elements from their song “Sho’ nuff”.
This incident was followed by a similar claim in February, which alleged that his Will.I.Am collaboration “Damn girl” picked up samples from Perry Kibble’s “A new day is here at last”.