Slave to the music

kanye_west_new_slavesHip-hop star Kanye West is being sued by a Hungarian composer over West’s single “New Slaves”.
According to a complaint filed by Hungarian composer Gabor Presser, the hip-hop star “knowingly and intentionally misappropriated” one of Presser’s songs for his album “Yeezus”, without obtaining consent or a signed license agreement.
“New Slaves” heavily samples Presser’s 1969 composition “Gyongyhaju Lany”, says the composer. This is, apparently, “one of the most beloved pop songs ever in Hungary and across Eastern Europe”. Says Presser. The suit also claims that Presser has not been paid for the past two years for his song’s use, aside from a $10,000 “advance” check.
This is not the first time West has found himself in legal trouble over his music. Last month he was sued over his most recent album “The Life of Pablo,” when angry fans claimed they were tricked into signing up for his music streaming service Tidal, while being led to believe the album would not be available through any other outlet.

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