Monday, January 20, 2020

Ariana Grande faces copyright infringement lawsuit over 7 Rings | Music Business Worldwide

Ariana Grande was sued last week for allegedly ripping off the chorus to her single, 7 Rings, as first reported by TMZ.

In a lawsuit filed in a New York federal court on Thursday, an artist called Josh Stone, aka DOT, claims that he shopped his own song You Need It, I Got It around in 2017.

One of the execs he claims to have played the song to was producer and Ariana Grande collaborator Tommy Brown.

Stone alleges that the hook in 7 Rings, which is I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it was copied from the hook in his song, which goes: You need it, I got it. You want it, I got it.

The lawsuit, which names Universal Music Corp and several others claims that “literally, every single one of the 39 respective notes of 7 Rings is identical with the 39 notes of I Got It from a metrical placement perspective”.

The lawsuit filed against Ariana Grande last week follows various other high profile copyright infringement lawsuits in the music industry in recent months.

In October we reported how pop-punk band Yellowcard had filed a lawsuit, via lawyer Richard Busch, claiming that Juice Wrld’s smash Lucid Dreams had infringed on the copyright of the melody in their song, Holly Wood Died.

Meanwhile, Lizzo recently fought back against her Truth Hurts copyright claim with her own fierce lawsuit, while Katy Perry, Capitol Records and her collaborators on the 2013 hit Dark Horse filed an appeal against the $2.8 million copyright infringement judgment made about the song last year.

 Music Business Worldwide


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