A Lonely Night

Album: Starboy (2016)
Charted: 53 69
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  • The Weeknd has come into plenty of criticism for his misogyny and here he tries to back away from a girl after a one-night stand.

    A lonely night, baby girl I loved you on a lonely night, oh
    It was the only time and if I led you on then I apologize, oh


    He is sorry that he led the girl on but insists there's "nothin' between us."
  • The Weeknd wrote the song with Swedish songwriter-producers Max Martin, Peter Svensson and Ali Payami plus American hitmaker Savan Kotecha. Their previous collaborations include the singles "Can't Feel My Face" and "Rockin'" plus the Toronto singer's hook-up with Ariana Grande, "Love Me Harder."
  • A trio of British songwriters Scott McCullouch, Brian Clover and Billy Smith sued The Weeknd claiming that "A Lonely Night" used a key section of "I Need To Love," a 2004 song they recorded in the band Sonic Religion.

    The three Brits said that while Universal Music acquired the rights to their tracks in 2008, all rights were relinquished eight years later. Clover alleged that when The Weeknd released "A Lonely Night" weeks after, he heard it playing in the Colchester branch of the Top Man clothing store and immediately noticed the striking similarities between the tune and "I Need To Love."
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