Front and centre in Moby’s “Thousand”–his 1993 single named after its insane BPM peaks–is a woman singing “Oh yeeeeeaaaaahhhhhhhh!”
That sample is from a 1983 track entitled “Let No Man Put Asunder” by First Choice. Not only did Moby use it in one other track (“Next is the E“) but it can be heard in at least 126 other songs, ranging from Ice Cube to a New Order remix.
Now the disco/funk label VMG Salsoul, the rights holder to “Let No Man Put Asunder” wants their pound of flesh for what they say is an unauthorized sample. They’re asking for $150,000 for each violation plus court costs.
Moby isn’t the first to feel their wrath. VMG Salsoul also sued Madonna over a snippet they say appeared in “Vogue.” They lost that one.
Just for fun, here’s the original.