Watch: The Weeknd Accused of Plagiarizing “Can’t Feel My Face” Music Video

Director of unpublished Majical Cloudz video claims the idea was recycled

The Weeknd has been pulled into a bout of controversy over his video for “Can’t Feel My Face” (above), after the director of a Majical Cloudz video is accusing him of plagiarism. The Toronto-based, R&B crooner released the video last week along with his latest LP Beauty Behind the Madness, after the album leaked online.

In the video, The Weeknd’s Abel Tesfaye is seen performing in a club’s open mic, a concept that Mitch Moore claims is “too uncanny” to his own and others. Though the video which Moore directed was never officially released due to “creative differences”, he claims that it was passed around amongst industry people, and The Weeknd’s video director Grant Singer must have seen it, since “The fashion/production/management world is narrow.”

Take a look at the Instagram post below comparing the video, and make sure to read the caption attached:

So about a year ago, I directed a video for Majical Cloudz. Because of creative differences, it never came out. But the production was large, and many feedback emails were sent out with private uploads of the edit. It's come to my attention that some body at the helm of a certain mega popular video must have seen one or more of these unreleased edits. The resemblance is too uncanny. My mind is a mansion of creativity, so this petty theft is nbd to me. BUT I'M STILL CALLING THE POLICE!! ????. —————– Good god now I have to make an addendum cuz of p4K et al!!! I'm NOT calling out any specific body including the video's director. BTW neither premise is original, and I'm not defending my work here. But the mise en scene of the shots and their function within the scene were too uncannily parallel. Third parties alerted me to this fact. I posted for two reasons. One: The Shania gag was HILARE!!! Two: The moneyed folks in the mainstream waste so much money trying to make half-hearted copies of work originally pioneered by gifted and under-resourced artists – many of whom I know personally. Plagiarism and brain drain happens at even the most shadiest of bcc: levels y'all…The fashion/production/management world is narrow. Again, idk nor idc if this actually happened in this case. But I MUST SAY – In the creative agency world, the gank-giddy decision making of creative directors (or whatever u call them) is silly because these folks know how to find the gurls. They could save so so so much money and get more impactful end products if they came straight to the source instead of hiring a middleman with the word "savvy" on their resume. I just don't get it. *goes back to storyboarding

A video posted by Mitch Moore (@mitch____moore) on

No word yet from The Weeknd, but Majical Cloudz were quick to distance themselves from the whole situation:

Well there you have it. Is this a case of plagiarism or just a simple concept — let us know your thoughts in the comments.