Two performers seek compensation after hearing their voice on 'Harlem Shake' track

March 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM
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Two performers whose voices were allegedly used in Baauer's No. 1 hit "Harlem Shake" are seeking compensation for the use of their vocals without consent.

The New York Times reports that Jayson Musson and Hector Delgado claim they are featured in "Harlem Shake," a clip that has gone viral over the past couple of weeks inspiring a widespread Internet meme.

Musson, who is a rapper from Philadelphia, told the Times his voice could be heard on the song yelling the key phrase "Do the Harlem Shake!" Delgado, who used to be a reggaeton artist but is now a priest in Puerto Rico, claims his voice can also be heard on the 36-second track.

Neither Musson nor Delgado granted permission to the song’s producer and writer, Harry Bauer Rodrigues, who records under the name Baauer, to use their voices on the clip. Now that the song has gone viral, they would like to be compensated for their collaboration.

“It’s almost like they came on my land and built a house,” Delgado told the Times.

Rodrigues hasn't made any comment regarding the allegations.

“Harlem Shake” has been at the top of the Billboard 100 pop chart for three weeks and as of Friday had sold 816,000 digital downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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