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Kendrick Lamar and SZA Sued Over Black Panther Soundtrack

Left, an image from the video for “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA; right, the painting “Constellation I” by Lina Iris Viktor.CreditLeft, Universal Music Group; right, Lina Iris Viktor, via Mariane Ibrahim Gallery

One week after Marvel’s Black Panther made box office records, the film’s TDE powered soundtrack album is experiencing a different kind of heat.  According a new lawsuit is claiming that Kendrick Lamar and SZA used artwork to promote the movie and its soundtrack even though she refused their permission.  Artist Lina Iris Viktor claims that her art titled “Constellations I,” “Constellations II” and “Constellations III” are being used in the music video for “All The Stars.”  Viktor claims that she was contacted twice by people working on the film. Once in 2016, and then as recently as January, asking her to lend her work to the movie.  Legal documents indicate that they did it in spite of her refusal, and she calls it “both an egregious violation of federal law and an affront to the artist, her livelihood, her legacy and to artists everywhere.”


We’ll keep you posted as this story develops.


Kendrick Lamar and SZA 

“All The Stars”

From: Black Panther The Album

TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records