Singer Ariana Grande has been sued by a hip-hop artist who claims she stole beats and stanzas from a song for the song “7 Rings”.
Josh Stone, who is performing on the DOT stage, wrote and recorded “You Need I Got It” in 2017.
He claims to have shown the song of the executive producers in the music industry, including Tommy Brown, who works with Grande.
Court documents accuse Brown of modifying key elements in Stone’s song for Grande’s “7 Rings.”
Arian Grande’s song includes the repeated lyrics: “I Want It, I Got It. I Want It, I Got It”, while in Stone’s song the chorus is: “You Need It, I Got It. You Want It,” I Got It “.
The lawsuit, filed in New York federal court by lawyer Tamir Young, claims that two musicologists analyzed each song and found the rhythm and notes to be substantially similar.
“Every note in the 39 of the song” 7 Rings “is identical to the 39 in” I Got It “from a rhythmic perspective. In other words, the rhythm, the placement of the notes and the lyrics are identical.”
According to the documents, “7 Rings” generated revenues of over $ 10 million net. Grande is due to play at the Grammy Awards next week, and is nominated in five categories, including two for “7 Rings.”
In recent years, the music industry has faced several proven cases of plagiarism. In 2015, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were finally convicted for plagiarizing a play by Marvin Gaye in their “Blurred Lines” single. Last year, a California jury ruled that Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” was a copy of rapper Marcus Gray’s “Joyful Noise,” known as Flame.