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This week, Dua Lipa was sued by reggae band Artikal Sound System, who claim their mega-hit Levitating is a carbon copy of their 2017 single Live Your Life. While Dua Lipa or Warner Records have yet to publicly comment on the lawsuit or the allegations, Twitter has been buzzing with discussion and debate over whether Levitating is a Live Your Life scam and how it will be resolved. Disputes like this happen *a lot* in the music industry — here are 14 other great songs with plagiarism disputes filed against them and how they were resolved.

Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne

The Canadian pop punk queen faced a plagiarism lawsuit in 2007 when Tommy Dunbar of 70s band The Rubinoos filed a plagiarism complaint, claiming Girlfriend’s chorus copied the chorus of the band’s song I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend. The two sound extremely similar – the famous “Hey hey you you” being almost identical. Avril and her manager denied it was plagiarism, but in the end it was settled for a disclosed amount in 2008.

Viva la Vida by Coldplay

Coldplay’s smash hit Viva la Vida has faced a few plagiarism lawsuits from artists claiming they ripped their songs, with most being turned down or covered. The one that potentially got settled was that of American guitarist Joe Satriani – who claimed that Viva la Vida incorporates direct melodic moments from his instrumental track If I Could Fly. Coldplay denied it, but the case was settled out of court anyway. Listen to the two tracks compared here.

Yeah 3X by Chris Brown

It’s weird to think of a time when Calvin Harris was relatively unknown in the United States, but it was against this backdrop that Calvin Harris accused Chris Brown of ripping off his track I’m Not Alone on Yeah 3X. Calvin Harris tweeted “Choked on my cornflakes when I heard [the] new single from Chris Brown this morning. You know what I mean? I don’t care if you call me nobody. Stealing is still stealing, no matter who you are! Because Chris Brown is an international celebrity, it is not acceptable to scam a guy from [the] Few people have heard of it in the UK.

Calvin Harris also said that even though Chris Brown would never have heard of him, the producer of Yeah 3X definitely would have heard of him. Eventually, Chris Brown contacted Calvin Harris and added his name to the song’s credits.

Waka Waka by Shakira

The official World Cup song has been shrouded in controversy, with Shakira being accused of plagiarizing Zamina mina (Zangaléwa) by Golden Sounds. However, in response to the controversy, members of Golden Sounds expressed their support for Shakira and that she re-adapted the song after meeting a deal with Golden Sounds and their manager and Shakira and Sony Music.

My bumps by the Black Eyed Peas

My Humps was the subject of controversy when DJ Lynn Tolliver accused them of plagiarizing his 1983 single, I Need A Freak. The lawsuit was quickly settled with a $1.2 million lawsuit and 75% songwriting credits.

Treasure of Bruno Mars

Treasure, a huge hit for Bruno, was embroiled in one of the songs with plagiarism disputes when French musician Breakbot accused Treasure of ripping off his song Baby I’m Yours. Obviously, the similarities were accepted because Breakbot got songwriting credits. Listen to the Breakbot single below and hear the similarities for yourself:

Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, Pharrell and TI

I don’t want to give this song a lot of platform, due to its lyrical content, which means it should be canceled in the face of existence. However, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, who produced the track, got into a massive legal battle with Marvin Gaye’s family estate after they accused Blurred Lines of scamming Marvin’s Got To Give It Up. It was quickly established that Thicke was “drunk on Vicodin and alcohol” when he went into the studio to record and that his songwriting contributions were minimal and Pharrell led the process.

During the trial, Pharrell successfully passed a rule in court that Got To Give It Up could not be played aloud to the jury or the rest of those present, as the trial attacked the actual score and no other elements of necessary similarity. come in. The jury ultimately found Robin Thicke and Pharrell liable for copyright infringement, and they were awarded a whopping $5.3 million payout and writing credits. TI was not guilty.

Stay With Me by Sam Smith

This one worked really well. Tom Petty and Jeff Young contacted Sam Smith’s team when they heard Stay With Me, due to its similarities to Petty’s melody on I Won’t Back Down. Sam Smith and his crew said they had never heard it before, but admitted similarities and gave songwriting credits. Petty was never bothered by the situation and said, “All my years of songwriting have shown me that these things can happen. Most of the time you catch him before he walks out the studio door, but in this case he got away with it. Sam’s people understood our predicament very well and we easily came to an agreement.

Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars

Uptown Funk has faced FOUR lawsuits, with many different artists claiming he borrows or rips off their tracks. A prime example is The Gap Band, which received 17% publishing royalties for similarities to Oops Upside Your Head. Collage also reached an undisclosed copyright infringement settlement over their song Young Girls. Plus Zapp’s Bounce To The Ounce has also reached an undisclosed settlement, and a current dispute remains unresolved over The Sequence accusing Uptown Funk of ripping off their song Funk You Up. Chaos!

Photograph by Ed Sheeran

In fact, very obsessed with X Factor winner Matt Cardle taking on global superstar Ed Sheeran and WINNING? There was no admission of guilt from Ed Sheeran’s camp, but the lawsuit was settled privately in April 2017 for an undisclosed sum.

Scream & Shout by Will.i.Am and Britney Spears

In 2018, Tulisa Contostavlos, THEE boss and founding member of N-Dubz, won her battle for credit on Britney and Will.i.am’s megahit Scream & Shout – winning 10% of the publishing rights and worldwide sales and earning a composer title. credit. Before it became one of the songs with plagiarism disputes, it was originally intended for her debut album.

Dark Horse by Katy Perry

Christian rapper Flame accused Katy Perry and Juicy J’s song Dark Horse of being a direct copy of his song Joyful Noise, saying Dark Horse was just “10 BPM slower in tempo and one higher in pitch”. He also said that Katy tainted the song with dark magic, witchcraft, paganism and Illuminati imagery (lol). Katy Perry claimed that neither she, Max Martin nor Dr Luke had ever heard the song.

After a huge debate and years of litigation, Flame finally emerged victorious and the plaintiffs were awarded $2.78 million. But the best part was when technical difficulties arose on the pitch and they couldn’t play Dark Horse, so Katy Perry said “Could I play it live for you?” An absolute queen I fear.

Get Free by Lana Del Rey

The closing track from Lana Del Rey’s 2017 album Lust For Life was sued by Radiohead, claiming Lana ripped off their song Creep. Lana confirmed this on Twitter and said that Radiohead had demanded (in a request that I personally believe to be ABSURD) 100% royalties for Get Free – refusing Lana’s offer of 40%. Lana has denied that she ever intentionally interpolated or drew inspiration from Creep when she made Get Free.

Radiohead itself has denied taking legal action – and said it had just asked for songwriting credits. Lana announced to an audience during a live performance that “My trial is over – I guess I can sing this song anytime I want.” No writing credits have ever been updated on Get Free. A mystery!

Good 4 U by Olivia Rodrigo

Three months after Good 4 U released in 2021, and became a huge hit for Olivia Rodrigo, Paramore’s Hayley Williams and Josh Farro were added as writing credits – citing similarities between Good 4 U and Misery Business of Paramore. It was a widely disputed decision – as many believe the song is not scamming Misery Business but simply inspired by and aural homage to that era of mid-2000s pop punk.

Of one of her songs becoming a plagiarism case, Olivia Rodrigo said, “I think it’s disappointing to see people take things out of context and discredit the work of a young woman. But at the end of the day, I’m really proud and happy to say that my job is to be a songwriter. All music is inspired by each other. Obviously, I write all my lyrics with my heart and my life first. I found the lyrics and melody of ‘Good 4 U’ one morning in the shower.

“What’s so beautiful about music is that it can be so inspired by music that’s been released in the past. Each artist is inspired by artists who preceded him. It’s kind of a fun and beautiful sharing process. Nothing in music is ever new. There are four chords in each song. That’s the fun part – trying to make it your own.

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