Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Musicians claim Harlem Shake payout

Tunisian students performing a Harlem Shake (AP)
Tunisian students performing a Harlem Shake (AP)

Two performers who say their songs appear in the hit Harlem Shake are seeking compensation because their vocals have been used without permission.

Hector Delgado and Jayson Musson say their songs are used in the tune by Baauer which has become a viral hit thanks to YouTube videos of people dancing to the song.

Delgado's "Maldades" and "Miller Time" by Musson's former rap group, Plastic Little, are said to be sampled in "Harlem Shake." The song is spending its third week on top of America's Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

Delgado and Musson say they never gave Baauer, who was born Harry Bauer Rodrigues, permission to use their songs. Both Musson and Delgado are seeking compensation from Mad Decent Records, which put out the single and declined to comment.

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