Pastor sues Kanye West for sampling sermon on ‘Donda’

A Texas pastor has sued Kanye West for sampling his sermon on “Come to Life,” from 2021’s Donda.

According to TMZ, Bishop David Paul Moten reportedly sued Kanye, UMG, Def Jam, and G.O.O.D Music for allegedly sampling his sermons without his knowledge. Moten has sued all four.

Kanye used his lecture for “70 seconds of the 5-minute, 10-second track… which is more than 20% of the song,” TMZ reported. Mr. Bishop accused the music industry of “willfully and egregiously copying others’ sound recordings without knowledge or consent.”

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Released in August and sold 309,000 equivalent album units in its first week, giving Ye his ninth No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. Notably, Donda sold more copies than Ye’s past albums, Jesus Is King and Ye.

Donda also surpassed 2011’s record of 60 million streams on Apple Music in the first 24 hours.

On Donda Deluxe, Kanye included songs like “Life of the Party” with André 3000, “Remote Control pt. 2” featuring Young Thug and Kid Cudi, and more.

Kanye premiered Donda 2 in Miami in February before releasing it on his Stem Player.


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