Last month, we posted video of the Weeknd debuting a new track called “You Belong To The World” live onstage in Toronto. The song, meant for the Weeknd’s forthcoming album Kiss Land, samples the world-annihilating drums of Portishead’s “Machine Gun” (more on that below) and it approaches the hard-pop falsetto paranoia of, say, Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana.” The song’s new eight-minute video stars a black-uniformed Abel Tesfaye, who we see wandering lovestruck through a cold future-world, one in which people are forced to watch expressionist dance pieces. Can you imagine? Horrifying! Check it out below.
Kiss Land is coming soon from Republic; check also the video for the title track. One potential complicating factor: As soon as the “Belong To The World” video went up online, Portishead’s Geoff Barrow jumped on Twitter and claimed that the Weeknd had used the “Machine Gun” sample without permission: “When someone asks to sample you and you refuse they should have the respect as a fellow artist to not use it.”
Seems The Weekend have said there is no sample used or enough likeness to Machine Gun to warrant any infringement….or credit.
— Geoff Barrow (@jetfury) July 17, 2013