Justin Timberlake Sued By Cirque Du Soleil
Justin Timberlake is being sued by Cirque du Soleil for allegedly stealing part of their song “Steel Dream” for his tune, “Don’t Hold The Wall.” According to a new lawsuit filed in New York, Timberlake and co-writer and co-producer Timbaland sampled a part of the troupe’s 1997 song without prior permission or authorization. Gossip Cop has reached out to Timberlake’s rep for a comment, but we have yet to hear back.
According to the copyright infringement suit, Timberlake and Timbaland wrongfully took parts of “Steel Dream” from Cirque du Soleil’s album “Quidam.” The Canada-based company is seeking more than $800,000 in damages from the two musicians, as well as Sony Music.
The seven-minute and 10-second “Don’t Hold The Wall” was on Timberlake’s 2013 album The 20/20 Experience. It was not one of the singer’s bigger hits, having peaked at number four on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and number 37 on its Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Gossip Cop notes that it was not a big song only because Cirque du Soleil is seeking a portion of the profits Timberlake and Timbaland earned from “Don’t Hold The Wall.”
This is not the first lawsuit in which Timberlake has been accused on taking another’s music. As Gossip Cop reported, in February, he and Will.I.Am were hit with a suit from PK Music Performance for allegedly stealing from Perry Kibble’s 1969 song “A New Day Is Here At Last” for their 2006 tune, “Damn Girl.” According to that suit, while J.C. Davis, the singer who recorded “A New Day Is Here At Last,” received a credit on “Damn Girl,” Kibble, its original writer, did not. PK Music Performance has similarly sought a share of the profits from that song, which was on Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds album.