Music Detectives – The Weeknd’s “Starboy” vs. Yasminah’s “Jewel of My Life”


The Weeknd and Daft Punk have been accused of stealing the beat from The Weeknd’s record, “Starboy.” In documents obtained by The Blast, songwriter Yasminah, who is a Somali-American poet and activist, claims that in 2009 she recorded a song called “Jewel of My Life” aka “Hooyo,” which became a big hit in the East African community of Western transplants. Yasminah claims that in 2016, The Weeknd released “Starboy,” which she says is a carbon copy of her song. She said that The Weekend knew about her song because it made its rounds in the East African Community. 

Yasminah said that she hired a lawyer to go after The Weeknd before, and allegedly reached a settlement, but claims her label allegedly kept the money, so now she needs to take matters into her own hands. 

She is suing The Weeknd, Daft Punk and Republic Records for $5 million for allegedly ripping off her work.