Drake and 21 Savage sued for $4 million over fake Vogue album covers
Forgerying a cover of the iconic fashion magazine to advertise their new album Her Loss has resulted in legal action from the publication. Condé Nast, the media corporation that publishes Vogue, filed legal filings acquired by E! News claiming that the two rappers engaged in a “unauthorised” “widespread promotional campaign” by spreading a fake cover of the magazine on social media.
The “Take Care” rapper, 36, posted a photo of what seemed to be a Vogue cover with 21 Savage, 30, on Instagram on October 30. To accompany the photo, he wrote: “Me and my brother on newsstands tomorrow!! Thanks @voguemagazine and Anna Wintour for the love and support on this historic moment. Her Loss Nov 4th.”
Condé Nast is demanding quick removal of the phoney Vogue cover and at least $4 million in damages.
In addition to sharing the phoney cover with their combined 135 million social media followers, the rappers are accused in the lawsuit of distributing posters of the cover across “North America’s largest metropolitan areas,” Even though Drake thanked Anna in his Instagram remark, the firm claimed in the lawsuit that the top editor had nothing to do with the promotion of Drake and Future’s record.
“All of this is false. And none of it has been authorized by Condé Nast,” the publisher wrote. “Vogue magazine and its Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour have had no involvement in Her Loss or its promotion, and have not endorsed it in any way.”
The lawsuit also claims that the plaintiffs asked Drake and 21 Savage to “cease their infringing activities and take appropriate remedial measures to curtail further public confusion” but the defendants did not comply.