- The star was mocked by supermarket Sainsbury’s on Twitter on Friday, after fans said the collection looked exactly the same as the supermarket’s uniform
- Beyoncé, 38, bore a striking resemblance to a Sainsbury’s checkout girl in her premiere image of her collection, which she has gifted to many famous fans
- The sports giant’s iconic stripe trio glowed in solar orange against the deep maroon fabric and featured on many clothes from the collection
- In homage to her song Irreplacable, one fan even wrote: ‘Beyoncé on tills: To the left, to the left. Everything you scan in the bag to your left’
- Beyonce’s IVY PARK label was established in 2016 and sold at Topshop
Casey Spooner, a member of the recently disbanded electronic pop group Fischerspooner, wrote on Instagram that he was co-writer of the track God Control. “I have had enough … I’ve gotten no credit and no compensation … while you’re galavanting around on stage I’m completely broke in Berlin. Robbed, ignored and delayed.”
Spooner said he had been offered first $10,000, then $25,000 as an advance against future publishing royalties, but argued he should instead be paid “1% of touring profits … There is no money in record sales. Period. Not even for Madonna.” In a later Instagram post, he said: “They are trying to intimidate me … it’s not easy fighting giants.”
Spooner says he worked with God Control producer Mirwais in 2017, for the latter’s solo album, which was later shelved. Elements of their work together later appeared in the Madonna track without his knowledge. He posted a demo version of God Control that he worked on, which features the same lyrics and melody as the Madonna track.
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.”
Steve Ronsen is accusing Lady Gaga of copying his single ‘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.
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 & Guardian, Spirit 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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Singer and actress Demi Lovato has been accused by American indie rock band Sleigh Bells over copyright infringement.
Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller of the Brooklyn-based band said in a lawsuit filed on Monday in California federal court that “Stars,” a bonus track on Lovato’s 2015 hit album “Confident,” contains significant material taken from their 2010 song “Infinity Guitars.”
In documents filed in the U.S. District Court Central District of California, Sleigh Bells says the similarities between the two songs “transcend the realm of coincidence or shared generic material, and inform the very essence of the works.”
In a tweet dating back to November 2015, Sleigh Bells (@sleighbells) publicly addressed the former Disney Channel star, now 24, about the issue.
“.@ddlovato Demi Lovato flattered you guys sampled Infinity Guitars & Riot Rhythm for “Stars: but we were not contacted,” wrote the American musical duo. “Gotta clear those.”
At that time, the “Stars” producers Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub said in a statement that was not the case and that Lovato was not involved with the production of the song.
The band is seeking an injunction against further use of Lovato’s track and an unspecified amount of damages.
Lovato’s representatives did not return requests for comment.
(Reporting by Melissa Fares in New York; Editing by Dan Grebler)
Yet another pop sensation has been slapped with a lawsuit.
This time, Ariana Grande is under fire for her 2015 chart-topping track “One Last Time,” which songwriter Alex Greggs claims was embodied after the Skye Stevens‘ 2012 single he wrote titled “Takes All Night.”
In documents obtained by E! News, Greggs alleges that “One Last Time” and “Takes All Night” bear similarities “so striking that it is highly likely the works were not created independently of one another,” noting the chorus and lyrics of Grande’s version as a primary catalyst for the legal action.
The lawsuit states, “Although the rhythm of the two compositions may differ to accommodate the prosody of the lyrics, there is substantial similarity on the most important rhythmic placement of the pitches on strong melodic and harmonic beats…” as well as “the use of the lyric statement ‘take(s) [or takeing] you home’ as the final lyric statement…”
Greggs is seeking $150,000 per infringement. Additionally, David Guetta (who wrote “One Last Time”), Rami Yacoub, Carl Falk, Universal Music Group and Republic Records among others are noted in the lawsuit.
This isn’t the first time the 23-year-old has faced legal trouble over her music. In 2013, the singer was sued for a phrase in “The Way” that Minder Music claimed was a replica from a line in a 1972 disco track called “Troglodyte.”
And just days ago, indie band Sleigh Bells sued fellow pop star Demi Lovato for copyright infringement. The group claims the former Disney darling’s 2015 hit “Stars” was ripped from their 2010 track,”Infinity Guitars.”
Ed Sheeran sued for copyright infringement for second time this year
Ed Sheeran is not having a good year.
In June, songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard filed a $20 million lawsuit against Sheeran, claiming that the British pop star copied their song “Amazing” almost note-for-note in his 2014 hit “Photograph.”
On Tuesday, Sheeran was again sued for copyright infringement, this time for his single “Thinking Out Loud.”
Based on their peak positions on the Billboard Top 100, these are two of Sheeran’s three biggest hits.
The suit comes from the heirs of Ed Townsend, who wrote the music and co-wrote the lyrics to Marvin Gaye’s famous romantic anthem, “Let’s Get it On.” It claims that Sheeran copied the major aspects of the melody, harmony and composition of “Let’s Get it On” for his hit “Thinking Out Loud.”
“The Defendants copied the ‘heart’ of ‘Let’s’ and repeated it continuously throughout ‘Thinking,’ ” the lawsuit said. “The melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic compositions of ‘Thinking’ are substantially and/or strikingly similar to the drum composition of ‘Let’s.’ ”
The composer of the theme song used in the 1966 cartoon version of Marvel’s Iron Man won a minor victory today, with a federal appeals court ruling that Sony Music and rapper Ghostface Killah must face the composer’s claim that they violated his copyright by sampling the 50-year-old ditty without his permission.
Way back in 1966, Jack Urbont wrote a variety of theme songs for a series calledThe Marvel Super Heroes. The show featured tales of five different Marvel characters — including “The Invincible Iron Man” — each of whom got their own theme music, also written by Urbont.
An independent filmmaker says the singer’s trailer for her latest visual album cribbed from one of his films
Beyoncé is facing a lawsuit after an independent filmmaker says the pop star copied his short film in the trailer for her recent visual album Lemonade.
Matthew Fulks, the plaintiff, says that nine visual elements in 39 seconds of the 60-second trailer were lifted from his film Palinoia, according to the Hollywood Reporter, including Lemonade‘s parking garage scene.
Rock giant Led Zeppelin did not lift music that formed the basis for their iconic hit “Stairway to Heaven,” a jury found Thursday, clearing the iconic rock band of accusations that it stole the opening riff of one of rock music’s most celebrate songs.
The unanimous decision by the panel of eight men and women came after a week-long trial in which Zeppelin’s guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant took the stand to rebuff the claim of thievery and tell how they wrote their most famous song nearly half a century ago.
Guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant hugged members of their defense team after the clerk read the verdict from the four-man, four-woman jury.
At issue in the current case was whether the British band nicked the opening passage of “Stairway” from “Taurus,” an instrumental song by singer Randy Wolfe, who wrote and performed with his L.A. rock outfit Spirit. Although largely forgotten today, Spirit gained some popularity in the late 1960s and 1970s for their novel fusion of rock with jazz and other styles of music. Wolfe, who as a teenager played regularly with Jimmy Hendrix, was considered a masterful guitarist.
The verdict was a departure from another high-profile infringement case last year in which R&B-soul singer Marvin Gaye’s family was awarded $7.4 million by a jury that decided pop stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ monster hit “Blurred Lines” had infringed on Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” A judge later reduced the award to $5.3 million.
Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page appeared in a Los Angeles court for a civil trial that opens on Tuesday in which they are accused of stealing the opening chords of their 1971 classic “Stairway to Heaven” from another band.
Plant, 67, and Page, 72, did not speak to each other or their lawyers as they appeared in federal court. Both sported long gray hair and Page wore a three-piece suit.
The lawsuit alleges that the opening chords of their song was stolen from the 1967 instrumental “Taurus” by the band Spirit.
U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner in Los Angeles said in April that a jury might find “substantial” similarity between the first 2 minutes of “Stairway” and “Taurus,” and to let it decide whether Plant and Page were liable for copyright infringement.
Trial in the case is set to begin later on Tuesday with jury selection, followed by opening arguments.
The lawsuit was brought by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Randy Wolfe, also known as Randy California, Spirit’s guitarist and the composer of “Taurus.”
Skidmore said Page may have been inspired to write “Stairway” for Led Zeppelin after hearing Spirit perform “Taurus” while the bands toured together in 1968 and 1969, but that Wolfe never received credit.
“Stairway to Heaven” is considered one of the most widely heard compositions in rock history and is the signature song of Led Zeppelin.
Earlier on Tuesday, Klausner ruled on a string of motions including one that would limit the testimony of Spirit bassist Larry Knight to just his observations of interactions between Page and Wolfe. Knight would not be allowed to give direct quotes or discuss exactly what was said between Page and Wolfe.
Larry Iser, an attorney who has represented the Beatles and Michael Jackson and is not directly involved in the case, said in a phone interview the opening riff in dispute, which features a minor key and a descending base line, is a common musical device.
It has been used on the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and Led Zeppelin’s own recording “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” Iser said.
Attorneys for Led Zeppelin have argued the chord progressions cited in the civil lawsuit were so clichéd that they did not deserve copyright protection.
Ed Sheeran is being sued for $20 million over alleged copyright theft of his hit song Photograph.
The pop star is accused of making a “note-for-note copy” of a song called Amazing, which was released by X Factor winner Matt Cardle in 2010.
The claim is being brought by California songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard, who penned the Cardle track a year earlier.
They are being represented by Richard Busch – the same lawyer who won the Marvin Gaye lawsuit over infringement of Blurred Lines.
According to the lawsuit, both songs have similar choruses and share 39 notes in common identical in pitch and duration.
the original song the cocky little bitch boy copied/sampled
Justin Bieber may have one more thing to apologize for—in court. The singer and producer Skillrex are reportedly being sued by indie singer/songwriter White Hinterland, who alleges the duo used her vocal loop on the smash hit song “Sorry” without permission.
Hinterland—real name Casey Dienel—claims the 2015 track, taken from Bieber’s album Purpose, bears striking resemblance to the “unique characteristics of the female vocal riff” on her 2014 song “Ring the Bell,” reported TMZ.
“Sorry” was written by Bieber and Skillrex—real name Sonny Moore—along with songwriters Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter (frontman of rock band Semi Precious Weapons) and Michael Tucker. Skillrex produced the track along with Blood.
Hinterland names Bieber, Skillrex and the other writers as defendants, TMZ said. She claims “Sorry” repeats an eight-second riff from her song six times.
The musician reportedly warned Bieber to stop using the track in December 2015 but was ignored.
In a Facebook post Thursday, Hinterland spoke out about suing Bieber, explaining: “I poured my blood, sweat, and tears into writing and producing ‘Ring the Bell,’ and I am proud of the finished product, which Rolling Stone listed as one of its ‘favorite songs, albums, and videos.’ Throughout my career, I have worked very hard to preserve my independence and creative control, thus it came as a shock to hear my work used and exploited without permission.”
The statement continued: “Like most artists that sample music, Bieber could have licensed my song for use in ‘Sorry.’ But he chose not to contact me. After the release of ‘Sorry,’ my lawyers sent Bieber a letter regarding the infringement, but Bieber’s team again chose to ignore me.
“I offered Bieber’s team an opportunity to have a private dialogue about the infringement, but they refused to even acknowledge my claim, despite the obviousness of the sample.”
As an independent artist, Hinterland acknowledged it may be imprudent to sue Bieber, who has the full force of a major record label at his disposal, but “in the end, I was left with no other option,” she said.
“I believe I have an obligation to stand up for my music and art,” the post concluded.