The Weeknd Can't Trim Songwriters' Suit Over 'A Lonely Night'

By Mike LaSusa (November 8, 2019, 7:19 PM EST) -- A California federal judge shot down an attempt by The Weeknd to trim a suit accusing the Canadian R&B artist of ripping off a song by a trio of British songwriters to make his track "A Lonely Night," which appeared on his Grammy Award-winning 2016 album "Starboy."

The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel M. Tesfaye, along with a number of business and musical partners, had sought to knock out claims of state law violations and secondary copyright infringement brought by Brian Clover, Scott McCulloch and Billy Smith, who said The Weeknd copied their 2005 song "I Need To Love."...

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