Posted in music on July 15, 2013

The Weeknd at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Weeknd

Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd, whose tour includes two Radio City shows in October (tickets), just released the second single from his upcoming LP, Kiss Land. It's an almost-8 minute track titled "Belong To The World" that prominently samples Portishead's "Machine Gun," which he apparently did without permission.

Shortly after the song hit the internet, Pitchfork reports that Portishead's Geoff Barrow took to twitter, saying:

I think it's a load of bollox. 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. its got fuk all to do with money! As most of them are hiphop artist that are skint.
Eventually Geoff ended by saying, "Feels like I'm being used to promote the track now... I'll shut up now." You can watch the video for "Belong To The World" below.

In sort of related news, 90s UK trip hop act Morcheeba (no offense Portishead!) have announced a new album, which like Tricky's latest (which features a member of the Antlers), features some special guests: Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, James Petralli of White Denim, Rizzle Kicks, Ana Tijoux and Nature Boy (not to be confused with Natureboy). Head Up High, their eighth studio album, is due for release on October 14. Morcheeba hop the pond for a couple of California shows in September and then tour Europe later in the fall.

Tricky will also tour behind his new album this fall.


The Weeknd - "Belong To The World"



Comments (14)

well, that song and video are awful

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2013 10:47 AM

And the Weeknd parade of L's marches on.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2013 10:54 AM

I can see Pitchfork's tear down of his next album coming from a 100 miles away.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2013 11:02 AM

the whacknd

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2013 11:17 AM

can't he just sue him?

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2013 12:15 PM

the track isn't "nearly 8 minutes" just the video

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2013 12:16 PM

I don't think you need permission to use samples below a certain length. 6 seconds?

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2013 12:16 PM

all of the acts on Republic Records are atrocious.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2013 12:24 PM

Further proof of what a scumbag this guy is

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2013 5:21 PM

He got permission from the label. Geoff is just salty

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2013 5:29 PM

Radio City? My how the music scene continues to get worse and worse. What's next, Matt & Kim headlining The Garden?

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2013 7:57 PM

12:15 - Americans sue people. Brits & Canadians just give each other stern looks that reach to the depths of each others' souls.

One way is for pussies, the other actually means something in the long-run.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2013 4:05 PM

Frank Ocean's got more musicality. I wanted to like this guy but it just doesn't do it for me unfortunately. Still, to each their own.

Posted by Agustin | May 20, 2014 4:50 AM

I think this song is about how he found a girl thought she was the one but she didn't turn out to be all that and a bag of chips. They fuck and now the memory of it gives him pain and he thinks about her all the time which is why he wasn't listening at the job interview. Also the memory of the sex leaves the impression that there is a ghost in his bed. When he shakes the mans hand it is significant because it means he's getting over her. Then thats why the ghost leaves at the end.

Posted by Janie | October 9, 2014 6:43 AM

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