Ahead of making its Broadway debut this month, Cirque du Soleil is suing Grammy winner Justin Timberlake, according to Variety. The troupe has accused the pop star of illegally sampling one of its songs.
Variety reports that the lawsuit claims Timberlake borrowed “Steel Dream,” a song that appeared in Cirque’s show Quidam, and was featured in the 1997 album of the same name. The singer is accused of sampling the song in his track “Don’t Hold the Wall,” from his 2013 album The 20/20 Experience. The suit is seeking $800, 000 in copyright infringement damages; listen to both songs below.
Paramour, Cirque du Soleil's first show created specifically for Broadway, begins previews at the Lyric Theatre April 16 prior to an official opening May 25. See photos below.