They claim it samples their 1997 song “Steel Drum” and want nearly a million dollars in damages.


Justin Timberlake is hit with yet another claim he stole a beat.

Cirque du Soleil is suing JT, accusing him of sampling their song “Steel Dream,” which was used in Cirque’s ninth stage production “Quidam” as well as appearing on an album of the same name in 1997, and lifting it for his song “Don’t Hold The Wall” from The 20/20 Experience.

They are seeking $800,000 in copyright infringement damages from the song’s co-writers, which also includes Timbaland, J-Roc and James Fauntleroy. Sony Entertainment, Universal Music and WB Music Corp. were also named as defendants in Cirque’s suit, according to Variety.

This marks the third recent copyright case for JT. Earlier this year, 1970s rhythm and blues band Sly, Slick and Wicked claimed his song “Suit & Tie” borrowed key components from their song “Sho’ Nuff.” Months later, his collaboration with Will.I.Am from Future *** Love Sounds on “Damn Girl” faced legal backlash for sampling Perry Kibble’s “A New Day Is Here at Last” without permission.

JT is currently collaborating with Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Little Big Town and Icona Pop on new music, possibly exclusively for the upcoming Trolls movie soundtrack, so let’s hope it’s completely original.

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