Travis Scott & DJ Paul Settle $20M Three 6 Mafia Copyright Lawsuit

“Travis Scott has agreed to a settlement with DJ Paul, who was suing the Cactus Jack Records boss over copyright infringement. According to The Blast, the two sides have resolved their legal battle with a “tentative settlement.”

Earlier this year, Paul sued Scott for $20 million. The Three 6 Mafia co-founder claimed the Billboard chart-topping rapper used the group’s single “Tear Da Club Up” without permission in the Astroworld track “No Bystanders.” Read more at HipHopDX

Three 6 Mafia – Tear da Club Up (1997)

 

Travis Scott – NO BYSTANDERS (2018)

 

Did Ed Sheeran rip “Shape of You” chorus from Sami Switch?

While UK courts are evaluating whether Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” (2017) is a blatant lift of Sam Chokri’s (aka Sami Switch) song “Oh Why” (2015)  Sheeran’s royalties for his hit are suspended. This isn’t the first time Sheeran has appeared on this site. Check out the bottom of this post for more.

“Ed Sheeran has been blocked from receiving any royalties for his monster hit ‘Shape of You’, after he was accused of “appropriating” other people’s music.

The global star is facing fresh allegations which accuse him of partaking “consciously or subconsciously in the habit of appropriating the compositional skill and labour of other songwriters”.

While Sheeran has denied the claims, High Court documents cite musician Sam Chokri – who is battling Sheeran over claims that the singer ripped off the chorus for ‘Shape Of You’ from Chokri’s 2015 song ‘Oh Why’.

Chokri claims that he sent the track to Sheeran’s close inner circle in a bid to work with the star, but later heard the chorus on ‘Shape Of You’ – which became the biggest selling single of 2017 in the UK and generated an estimated £20 million in revenues.

Read more atNME

Have a listen to both choruses right here:

Ed Sheeran - "Shape of You" (2017)
Sami Switch - "Oh Why" (2015)

More Ed Sheeran Soundalikes here:

Ed Sheeran, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill sued for “The Rest of Our Life” (Settled)

Ed Sheeran being sued for Thinking Out Loud

Ed Sheeran Being Sued $20M for Photograph

Ed Sheeran vs. Yacht vs. The Rolling Stones

Full songs on YouTube here:

 

Lady Gaga Sued for “Shallow”

It’s a new era folks. Although I’ve been running this site for over 10 years cataloging decades of soundalikes in popular music  there has been a recent wave of mega hitmakers being sued for copyright infringement. Most recently Katy Perry and her songwriting team who lost a case for her 2013 hit “Dark Horse”. In 2015 Marvin Gaye’s family successfully won against Robin Thicke and Pharrell for their hit “Blurred Lines”.  The defending argument is generally the same throughout – there are only so many notes, chords and combinations thereof to create a melody. But take the qualities of a vocalist, the playing style of an instrument, the melody of the bass guitar under the melody of the vocals, the synthesizer patch, the tempo, the vocal harmony. These things all interact and in sometimes ways that have never been heard before. But it’s also impossible for everyone in the world to hear every single piece of music to either ensure originality or to avoid being plagued by the opposite.

So here’s the latest. Via Forbes:

Lady Gaga’s song “Shallow” earned the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter her first Academy Award. The song, featured in the 2018 film A Star Is Born, is now the subject of a multi-million-dollar lawsuit. Steve Ronsen, an until-now-unknown songwriter claims Gaga stole a three-note progression from his 2012 song “Almost.” Through his lawyer, Mark D. Shirian, he has filed suit for copyright infringement and damages in the “millions and millions” of dollars. Lady Gaga and her lawyer have denounced the suit as a “brazen shakedown” and have indicated that they will fight it “vigorously.” This suit comes as the latest in a string of music copyright lawsuits, beginning with the “Blurred Lines” case, that has the music industry on edge as artists, producers, and publishers adapt to a changing legal landscape. – More at Forbes

Steve Ronsen – “Almost” (2012)

Layd Gaga, Bradley Cooper – “Shallow” (2018)