The leader of British group Portishead has attempted to shame singer/songwriter the Weeknd in their ongoing row over a sample by posting the producer's request letter on Twitter.com. Glory Box hitmaker Geoff Barrow maintains the R&B star improperly used a sample of his group's 2008 single Machine Gun on his 2013 single Belong to the World.
The Weeknd argued he did not use a sample and that the music in the song was not similar enough to Machine Gun to warrant infringement.
But now Barrow has stepped up his claim by posting a letter from a representative for the Weeknd, dated February, 2013, in which a rights sample is requested.
Barrow writes, "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."
Posting the letter from the Weeknd's rep, Barrow adds, "Hey kids, part one of 'No infringement.'" He then posted the Weeknd's Twitter user name.
Portishead and Interpol have been confirmed as the headliners for the upcoming ATP Iceland 2014 festival. The two acts will hit the stage with local acts at the former North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) base in Keflavík in July (14).
The annual ATP festival launched in Iceland last year (13).
Portishead have a long history with the All Tomorrow's Parties organisers - the influential British band curated an early ATP in 2007.
Portishead star Beth Gibbons has given a giant puppet polar bear a "glacial roar" ahead of a Greenpeace protest, which will take place in London later this month (Sep13). The singer's roar will be added to the sound of ice cracking and Arctic wildlife, which will be pumped out of a sound system placed in the bear's head.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to judge several top independent movies as part of the jury for a London film festival. The on-the-run whistleblower will have DVDs of films vying for the awards at this year's (13) Radiance Film Festival delivered to him at Ecuador's embassy in London, where he is currently in hiding.
Radiance founder Elliot Grove tells the BBC, "We choose our jurors because they are interesting people... I think five or 10 years from now, if you are studying anything to do with social media, the WikiLeaks story will be a test case of how to manage that... Julian, like many of the film makers and judges, will be unable to attend... Fortunately he has a residence not far from where we are sitting to which we will drop off the DVDs."
Other judges at the festival, which takes place from 25 September to 06 October (13), include British actor Jason Flemyng, Portishead singer Beth Gibbons, and author Robert Rankin.
Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy after his appeal against extradition to Sweden for questioning on accusations of sex crimes was rejected. He is wanted in the U.S. for publishing thousands of top secret military documents on his website.
R&B star The Weeknd has reportedly denied illegally sampling Portishead's song Machine Gun on his new single after bandmember Geoff Barrow publicly complained about the issue online. The British musician claims he had denied The Weeknd's request to feature parts of the group's 2008 release on Belong to the World, but it seemed the Canadian star had ignored his wishes when he debuted his latest tune on the Internet on Monday (15Jul13).
Taking to Twitter.com, Barrow ranted, "When someone asks to sample you and you refuse they should have the respect as a fellow artist to not use it."
The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, has yet to speak out about the song complaint, but it appears he has been in touch with Barrow to dispute the copyright allegations.
Returning to his Twitter page on Wednesday (17Jul13), Barrow writes, "Seems The Weeknd have (sic) said there is no sample used or enough likeness to Machine Gun to warrant any infringement....or credit."
Ironically, The Weeknd recently admitted he had drawn on Portishead's work for Belong to the World and the rest of his upcoming album, Kiss Land, telling Complex magazine, "I wrote a letter to the producers of Portishead and let them know this album is inspired by them."
Portishead star Geoff Barrow has accused R&B singer The Weeknd of sampling the group's 2008 track Machine Gun without permission. Barrow allegedly denied The Weeknd's request to feature a portion of the band's song on his new track, Belong to the World, and he was outraged to learn the 23 year old, real name Abel Tesfaye, deliberately ignored his wishes.
The single premiered on Twitter.com on Monday (15Jul13) and in a post to Tesfaye, Barrow writes, "When someone asks to sample you and you refuse they should have the respect as a fellow artist to not use it."
Barrow also used the opportunity to deny rumours his decision was based on money, adding, "We usually give sample clearance to tunes we like. its (sic) got f**k all to do with money! As most of them are hiphop artist (sic) that are skint (broke). Feels like I'm being used to promote the track now. I'll shut up."