Ten months, a Diplo endorsement and #1 Billboard Top 100 debut later, the artists sampled in “Harlem Shake” have emerged requesting compensation.
Former reggaeton performer Hector Delgado and rapper Jayson Musson claim Bauuer sampled parts of their music without their permission.
The song opens with Delgado singing the lyrics “con los terroristas” from his 2006 single “Malades.” The ubiquitous “do the Harlem Shake” phrase originates from the song “Miller Time” by Musson’s former rap group, Plastic Little.
Bauuer told The Daily Beast last month that he found the sample online.
Delgado’s music publisher, Machete Music and Musson are negotiating monetary compensation with Diplo’s Mad Decent label, which released the Harlem Shake song in May of 2012. According to Musson, negotiations are going smoothly.
Bauuer’s “Harlem Shake” song was the first song to ever debut atop the Billboard Hot 100 from an artist who had no previous chart history.
This precedent was due largely to the revamped Billboard charts which now includes YouTube streaming data. As of today (March 11th) the Mad Decent YouTube channel’s link of “Harlem Shake” has amassed over 11 million views.
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