Ariana Grande and seven co-authors are being blamed for stealing her Grammy-nominated hit “7 Rings.”
The melody “is a fraud – counterfeited from offended party Josh Stone who composed, recorded and distributed the about indistinguishable unique work
‘You Need It, I Got It’ … roughly two years sooner,” claims a claim recorded Friday in US District Court for the Southern District of New York.
It names Grande and seven different authors as litigants, alongside a few distributing organizations engaged with the melody, including Universal Music Group.
Grande is up for five honors at the January 26 Grammys, including record of the year for “7 Rings.”
“Stone is a hip-hop artist and producer who goes by the stage name “DOT.”
According to the lawsuit, a “comparative analysis of the beat, lyrics, hook, rhythmic structure, metrical placement and narrative context by musicology experts or everyday listeners alike demonstrates clearly and convincingly that 7 RINGS copied I GOT IT.”
The suit says the songs are clearly similar.
“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,” it says.
Here are videos accompanying each song.
A No. 1 smash released in January 2019, “7 Rings” uses the melody of “My Favorite Things” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II from “The Sound of Music.” The cut has 10 credited songwriters, including the Broadway duo and Grande.
The suit doesn’t name Rodgers and Hammerstein or notice “My Favorite Things.”
The suit charges that during a gathering with Universal Music Group in June 2017, Stone played a few tracks, including “I Got It.”
Stone says that one of the litigants, Thomas Lee Brown, is a music producer who worked with Grande on least five studio albums and was at the gathering.
The suit quotes Brown as telling Stone, he “enjoyed I Got It very much and was interested in exploring opportunities to work together.”
Rather, the suit Brown, Darker just took “I Got It” to Grande and different litigants and repackaged it into the hit.
It says the litigants, “individually and collectively, have generated substantial revenue from the exploitation of the infringing works … and have actively participated in a scheme aiding, inducing, and contributing to copyright infringement.”
Stone’s lawyer, Tamir Young, told CNN in an announcement “This lawsuit is about protecting artists and their work.”
“Josh’s song was taken and used without his consent, without his knowledge and without a license. Many people made a lot of money on Josh’s work. And that is wrong,” the statement said. “It is copyright infringement.”
CNN has reached out to Thomas and reps for Grande and Universal Music Group for comment.
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