"The Hills" samples the score from a film titled The Machine.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cutting Edge Music is suing Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd), his producers, Universal, Warner Chappel, and Sony. WOAH.
Emmanuel Nickerson, otherwise known as "Million Dollar Mano" has worked with multiple artists, including Kanye West, who was cited in the court documents. Apparently Nickerson sent a direct message from Twitter to Tom Raybould, the score composer for the film saying the following:
"I sampled your music might make it 2 the weeknd next album. Huge fan of what u did 4 the machine movie!”
The song was released on May 27, and the message was sent to Raybould around the 9, according to Pitchfork.
To read the full court document, click here.
The document suggests the following:
"Specifically, both the Infringing Song and the Track featuring synthesizer bass-lines performed with almost identical idiosyncratic sounds at the same register and using the same pitch sequence, melodic phase structure and rhythmic durations. The Infringing Song and the Track also share other distinct melodic, rhythmic and formatted similarities."
The song in reference is a section of "Revolution" from The Machine's soundtrack, which can be heard here:
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