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Justin Timberlake Is Being Sued By Cirque Du Soleil

Written by Zanda Wilson on April 2, 2016

Cirque du Soleil has filed a lawsuit in a New York federal court against Justin Timberlake.

The former NSYNC singer is alleged to have ripped off a sample from one of Cirque du Soleil’s original compositions, with the theatrical behemoth seeking a minimum of $800,000 USD ($1.04 million AUD) in damages for copyright infringement.

According to court documents (via SMH), JT’s Don’t Hold The Wall, a song from his 2013 LP The 20/20 Experience, contains elements from a track composed by Benoit Jutras for a 1997 Cirque du Soleil stage show, called Steel Dreams.

The sample in question comes at the 4 minute mark in Timberlake’s track, and is being compared to the opening of Steel Dreams.

Listen below to compare for yourself.

Listen: Justin Timberlake – Don’t Hold The Wall

Listen: Cirque du Soleil – Steel Dreams

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