Cirque de Soleil is flipping out.
The performance company claims Justin Timberlake illegally sampled one of their songs on his track “Don’t Hold the Wall” off his 2013 album “20/20 Experience” and is suing the singer for $800,000 in damages.
The Cirque song, “Steel Dream,” originally appeared in their ninth show called “Quidam” before being released on a 1997 album of the same name.
According to Variety, Timberlake’s co-writers Timbaland, J-Roc and James Fauntleroy are also named as defendants in the suit, alongside Sony Entertainment, Universal Music and WB Music Corp.
Check out the two songs below to compare how they sound:
This is the third lawsuit this year to involve Timberlake. First, he was sued by the band Sly, Slick and Wicked, who claimed his song “Suit & Tie” was too similar to their song “Sho’ Nuff.” Later, a suit was filed that alleges his will.i.am collaboration “Damn Girl” samples Perry Kibble’s “A New Day Is Here at Last.”