Drake And 21 Savage Sued For Promoting New Album With Fake 'Vogue' Magazine Covers

If found guilty, the rap duo may have to pay Conde Nast $4 million.

November 15, 2022
Drake, winner of the Artist of the Decade Award, poses backstage for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, broadcast on May 23, 2021 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California [left]; 21 Savage attends RTA X Savage Collection Launch at Saks Fifth Avenue Atlanta on October 6, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia [right].

Drake And 21 Savage Sued For Promoting New Album With Fake 'Vogue' Magazine Covers

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Rappers Drake and 21 Savage have been ordered to stop using a fake Vogue magazine cover to promote their new album, "Her Loss."

According to USA Today, the duo, who teamed up to make the joint album, is “restrained from using, displaying, disseminating, or distributing” their counterfeit magazine in any way.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff comes after Conde Nast, Vogue’s publisher, sued the “Rich Flex” artists for distributing phony covers of the magazine, on the streets in major cities, to promote their album.

According to TMZ, in a now deleted tweet, Drake shouted out Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue Magazine, for putting him on the cover.

Yahoo reported Conde Nast initially sent a cease-and-desist to the firm handling the rollout for “Her Loss,” citing the “unauthorized use of the Vogue trademark.” Vogue said despite the letter, copies of the cover had still been given out and now they are seeking $4 million in damages.

Vogue wasn’t the only company parodied for promotion. The rappers claimed to have performed on Saturday Night Live, NPR’s Tiny Desk, and an interview with Howard Stern.

While Vogue claims their parody is “leading to widespread public confusion and erroneous press accounts,” NPR took a more lighthearted approach and tweeted back “let’s do it for real.”

This isn’t the first time a rapper has been sued by a company for a parody used to promote music. In 2021, Nike sued brand MSCHF after they collaborated with rapper Lil Nas X to make “Satan Shoes” that were released alongside the rapper’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" song. According to NBC, Nike claimed the shoes were a modified version of the Nike Air Max 97’s. The judged ruled in Nike’s favor and they settled the lawsuit with MSCHF.

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