Foreign: Ariana Grande Slapped with copyright suit over ‘7 Rings’
American singer, Ariana Grande, has been slapped with a lawsuit by a hip-hop artist who claimed she ripped off the chorus of his 2017 track for her 2019 single.
According to TMZ, Josh Stone, who is better known as DOT, on Thursday, filed a lawsuit against Grande and Universal Music Group (UMG), for plagiarism, claiming she copied the chorus of ‘You Need I Got It’ for her ‘7 Rings’.
In the suit, filed in New York federal court by Tamir Young, his lawyer, DOT disclosed that two different musicologists concluded ‘7 Rings’ likely copied the choruses and hooks from ‘You Need I Got It,’ with one finding 39 respective notes from the songs to be “identical.”
“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 suit alleged.
“Said another way, the rhythm and placement of the notes and lyrics are identical.”
Stating in the suit that ‘7 Rings’ has generated over $10 million in profit, Stones seeks monetary damages as well as an order from a judge to prohibit the song from continuous growth.
DOT’s lawyer said that the lawsuit was about protecting artistes and their work from plagiarism.
“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,” he said.
“Many people made a LOT of money on Josh’s work. And that is wrong. It is copyright infringement. Laws were specifically created to protect artists like Josh from copyright infringement. Those laws were violated and Josh has rights that we are now exercising to right that wrong.”
‘7 Rings’ is currently nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, including record of the year.