Cirque du Soleil sues Justin Timberlake over hit

NEW YORK • Cirque du Soleil is not doing flips over Justin Timberlake's hit song, Don't Hold The Wall.

The Canadian theatrical performance company on Thursday sued the star, alleging that the song copied part of one of its compositions without permission.

Timberlake's song appeared on his 2013 double album 20/20, which has sold more than two million copies. The lawsuit filed in federal court in New York claimed he borrowed from the song Steel Dream, which was on Cirque du Soleil's 1997 album, Quidam.

The suit seeks a minimum of US$800,000 (S$1.1 million) in damages for copyright infringement. It also named as defendants the producer Timbaland - real name Timothy Mosley - who helped to write the song, and Sony Music Entertainment, which released Timberlake's album.

Last year, the estate of soul singer Marvin Gaye won a US$7.4-million jury verdict against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over their hit single Blurred Lines.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 02, 2016, with the headline 'Cirque du Soleil sues Justin Timberlake over hit'. Print Edition | Subscribe