Carrie Underwood is Being Sued for Copycat Claims on “Sunday Night Football” Theme Song, “Game On”

It’s a pretty common occurrence in the music business, in fact, it has happened to Carrie Underwood before, but the country music superstar is being sued again, along with her record producer, NBC and the NFL.

 

According to The Blast, singer-songwriter Heidi Merrill is suing because a song she and three co-writers penned in 2016 called “Game On” is “substantially—even strikingly—similar, if not identical” to the song Carrie sang for the 2018 NFL season, Sunday Night Football.

 

The website reports that Merrill submitted the song to Carrie’s producer, Mark Bright, and received an email months later saying that they were passing on “Game On.”

In the lawsuit, Merrill claims that Sunday Night Football is similar “not only in title but in many other ways, including in tempo, meter time signature, rhythmic contours and patterns, melodic contours and patterns, hooks, note progression and use, and chord progression.”

Carrie Underwood is Being Sued for Copycat Claims on “Sunday Night Football” Theme Song, “Game On”

Lady Gaga faces lawsuit for “ripping off” another song with ‘Shallow’

Steve Ronsen is accusing Lady Gaga of copying his single ‘Almost’.

Lady Gaga is being threatened with a lawsuit over accusations that ‘Shallow‘ is a rip off of Steven Ronsen’s song ‘Almost’.

Lady Gaga is thriving right now. Over the course of the past 12 months alone, the 33-year-old artist has received widespread critical acclaim for her starring role as Ally in A Star Is Born. Not only that, but she has also topped charts all around the world with the film’s lead single ‘Shallow’, which she won multiple awards for. ‘Shallow’ has currently earned Gaga two Grammys, a Golden Globe Award and the prestigious Best Original Song accolade at the 91st Academy Awards.

 

https://www.popbuzz.com/music/artists/lady-gaga/news/shallow-steve-ronson-almost-lawsuit-a-star-is-born/

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:

Read more: https://www.2oceansvibe.com/2019/07/24/beyonce-accused-of-plagiarising-sa-artist-for-spirit-video-lets-compare/#ixzz5vDU1Lvu2

 

https://mg.co.za/article/2019-07-23-beyonce-and-the-spirit-of-plagiarism

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.

 

https://abc7ny.com/5428580/?ex_cid=TA_WABC_TW&utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+New+Content+(Feed)&utm_content=5d3f8d3d2e07190001255bba&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

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.

 

http://fortune.com/2018/03/15/miley-cyrus-lawsuit-300-million/

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.

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/taylor-swift-accused-ripping-spike-jonze-ad-music-video-article-1.3870239

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.

 

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/02/09/youtube-singers-estate-sues-beyonce-for-20m-in-copyright-infringement-suit.html