Beyoncé Accused Of Plagiarising SA Artist For ‘Spirit’ Video – Let’s Compare

In addition to Beyoncé taking on the role of Nala in The Lion King, the artist released The Lion King: The Gift, a 14-track album to accompany the live-action remake’s soundtrack.

We covered that and the South African artists, Moonchild Sanelly and Busiswa, who she included on the album last week.

The first single, Spirit, was an instant hit, but the music video has sparked controversy.

According to Zaza Hlalethwa for The Mail & GuardianSpirit allegedly borrows its aesthetic from La Maison Noir: The Gift and The Curse, an 18-minute visual album accompanying South African artist Petite Noir’s eponymous 2018 EP.

Before we launch into the comparison, here’s La Maison Noir: The Gift and The Curse:

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Jury finds Katy Perry hit ‘Dark Horse’ copied gospel rap song

LOS ANGELES — A jury on Monday found that Katy Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” improperly copied a 2009 Christian rap song, setting up arguments over how much the singer and other defendants will owe.

Monday’s decision returned by a nine-member federal jury in a Los Angeles courtroom came five years after Marcus Gray and two co-authors first sued alleging “Dark Horse” stole from “Joyful Noise,” a song Gray released under the stage name Flame.

The case now goes to a penalty phase, where the jury will decide how much the plaintiffs are owed for copyright infringement.

Gray’s attorneys argued that the beat and instrumental line featured through nearly half of “Dark Horse” are substantially similar to those of “Joyful Noise.”

“Dark Horse,” a hybrid of pop, trap and hip-hop sounds that was the third single of Perry’s 2013 album “Prism,” spent four weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in early 2014, and earned Perry a Grammy nomination.

Perry’s attorneys argued that the song sections in question represent the kind of simple musical elements that if found to be subject to copyright would hurt music and all songwriters.

“They’re trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone,” Perry’s lawyer Christine Lepera said during closing arguments Thursday.

Perry and the song’s co-authors, including her producer Dr. Luke, testified during the seven-day trial that none of them had heard the song or heard of Gray before the lawsuit, nor did they listen to Christian music.

Gray’s attorneys had only to demonstrate, however, that “Joyful Noise” had wide dissemination and could have been heard by Perry and her co-authors, and provide as evidence that it had millions of plays on YouTube and Spotify, and that the album it’s included on was nominated for a Grammy.

“They’re trying to shove Mr. Gray into some gospel music alleyway that no one ever visits,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Michael A. Kahn during closing arguments, when he also pointed out that Perry had begun her career as a Christian artist.

The 34-year-old pop superstar and “American Idol” judge brought laughs to the proceedings when she testified during its second day, and her lawyers were having technical troubles getting “Dark Horse” to play in the courtroom.

“I could perform it live,” Perry said.

No performance was necessary after the audio issues were fixed. Jurors heard both songs played back-to-back in their entirety at the end of closing arguments this week.

Perry was not present for the reading of the verdict Monday afternoon.

Miley Cyrus Is Facing a $300 Million Lawsuit Over a Hit Song

2nd time this week an american pop hack is accused of copying somebody’s song


Miley Cyrus Is Facing a $300 Million Lawsuit Over a Hit Song

FLORA CARR March 15th, 2018

Miley Cyrus faces a $300 million lawsuit over her hit 2013 track “We Can’t Stop,” after Jamaican artist Michael May filed a copyright complaint on Tuesday in New York City.

The dispute centers on Cyrus’ lyrics “We run things/ Things don’t run we,” according to legal documents obtained by PEOPLE. May, who performs under the name Flourgon, reportedly claims that he originated the phrase in his 1988 reggae track “We Run Things,” which includes the lyrics “We run things/ Things no run we.”

“May was the first to construct such a sequence using the phrase ‘We run things. Things no run we’,” May’s lawyers argue in the obtained documents, adding that Cyrus owes her track’s “chart-topping popularity and its highly-lucrative success” to May.

“We Can’t Stop” features references to drug use, and was featured in Cyrus’ album Bangerz, which marked a break away from the singer’s previous more innocent persona in Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana. The song also reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

While the court documents don’t specify the exact amount that May is suing Cyrus for, but May’s lawyers specified $300 million to Reuters, adding that the sum “would be a reasonable compensation”, CNN Money reports. May also wants to prohibit Cyrus from obtaining further profits from the song.

Cyrus’ rep has not yet responded to media outlets’ requests for comment.

Taylor Swift accused of ripping off a 2016 Spike Jonze ad in new music video

Taylor Swift better watch her reputation as a scene-stealer.

Months after Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” music video caught flak for ripping off Beyoncé, the singer has ruffled a new set of feathers after debuting the clip for her single “Delicate.”

Swift’s latest music video premiered Sunday night, and it didn’t take long for fans to recognize striking similarities between it and a 2016 perfume ad for Kenzo, helmed by famed director Spike Jonze.

The singer, 28, kicks off “Delicate” seemingly bored of her fame and sick of having to fake it for fans and the press. She practices her happy face in the mirror, and goofs off, contorting her mug into a spastic grin before she’s interrupted.


Soon, though, she realizes she’s suddenly become invisible, and lets loose, kicking off her heels and dancing in a manner best described as spastically inelegant.

Meanwhile, Jonze’s ad — starring trained ballerina and actress Margaret Qualley — features a strongly similar plot. Qualley starts the clip in a similarly-toned dress looking bored at a gala before she makes her escape and goes wild to the tune of “Mutant Brain” by Sam Spiegel & Ape Drums ft. Assassin.

In both clips, the stars contort their faces and flail their limbs, and both confront men in similar manners.

“Taylor Swift’s ‘Delicate’ video is a poor man’s version of Spike Jonze’s ad for Kenzo, this bop deserved more,” user @wtfcylon wrote on Twitter.

YouTube singer’s estate sues Chronic Copyright Infringer Beyonce for $20M in copyright infringement suit

Beyonce is facing a $20 million copyright infringement lawsuit from the estate of a late New Orleans YouTube star who claims the pop star used his voice without permission in her song “Formation.”

The estate of Anthony Barre, who went by the name Messy Mya on YouTube, claims in the lawsuit filed in New Orleans federal court Monday that Barre’s voice is featured in the introduction to “Formation.” The complaint alleges Barre’s estate has received no payment or acknowledgment.

Barre was fatally shot in 2010.

Barre’s estate is demanding at least $20 million in damages, royalties

In addition to Beyonce, the suit names several songwriters, the video’s director and companies owned by Warner Music Group. Representatives for Beyonce and WMG didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

This is not the first time Beyonce has been at the center of a copyright infringement lawsuit. In 2016, independent filmmaker Matthew Fulks claimed Beyonce’s “Lemonade” trailer was a rip off of his short film “PALINOIA.” The lawsuit was settled out of court.

In 2014, singer Ahmad Javon Lane sued Beyonce for $7.1 million, claiming her song “X.O.” was a copy of his original song titled “XOXO” which he said he shared with one of her backup dancers in 2013. A judge tossed Lane’s suit.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars Sued Over “Uptown Funk”

Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson have been sued for copyright infringement over their hit single “Uptown Funk,” TMZ reports. The complaint, obtained by Pitchfork, was filed by the Minneapolis electro-funk band Collage. They claim that Ronson and Mars’ single “is an obvious, strikingly and/or substantially similar copy” of Collage’s 1983 single “Young Girls.” The complaint also notes that Ronson and Mars have talked about how “Uptown Funk” was influenced by early 1980s Minneapolis electro-funk soul music. Collage are seeking damages and profits.

Fetty Wap Sued Over ‘Trap Queen’ Beat

Fetty Wap may have ridden Tony Fadd’s synth-dance beat for his breakout hit “Trap Queen” all the way to No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart, but in a new lawsuit, a Danish songwriter says they didn’t have the rights to the beat at all.

According to court documents filed in U.S. district court in New York, Lazar Lakic claims that in 2014 he bought the exclusive rights to the beat, then called “Hello,” from Tony Fadd on Feb. 9, 2014. (The original beat, posted by Tony Fadd in December 2013 under the name “Hello,” appears to be here.) But the beat with Fetty’s vocals was released as “Trap Queen” initially in March of 2014, then re-released commercially by 300 Entertainment that December.

Lakic alleges that after 300 released the song, Fadd tried to buy the rights to the beat back in January 2015, just as “Trap Queen” started to blow up, but he turned Fadd down. Lakic then filed the transfer of ownership of the beat with the U.S. Copyright Office in April 2015, which was approved in August; “Trap Queen” reached platinum status in May 2015, and has since been certified four times platinum by the RIAA.

Fetty’s attorney, for his part, denies the allegations and said he has the contract to prove that everything between his client and Fadd was legal, saying that if there are any damages it will be Fadd’s responsibility to cover them.

The Danish artist is suing Fetty, Fadd, BMG Rights Management, Goodfella4Life Ent. and 300 Entertainment for copyright infringement, seeking profits, damages, the destruction of all copies of “Trap Queen” and to stop its sales moving forward, however unlikely that may turn out to be. The news was first reported by TMZ. Reps for Fetty did not respond to request for comment as of press time.