Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All” Lifted From Gordon Lightfoot

I thought I was going crazy again. But nope. This is why I’m still running this site. Here’s a song by Gordon Lightfoot from 1970 called “If You Could Read My Mind”. The chorus… that chorus… where have I heard that before? Ah, yes. It’s Whitney Houston’s 1985 “The Greatest Love of All”. But wait… that recording is a cover? The original was recorded in 1977 by George Benson for a Muhammad Ali documentary called “The Greatest”. And the song was actually written by composer Michael Masser. And it turns out Lightfoot actually sued Masser in 1987.

In 1987, Lightfoot filed a lawsuit against Michael Masser, the composer of Whitney Houston’s hit “The Greatest Love of All”, alleging plagiarism of 24 bars of “If You Could Read My Mind”; the transitional section that begins “I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadow” of the Masser song has the same melody as “I never thought I could act this way and I got to say that I just don’t get it; I don’t know where we went wrong but the feeling’s gone and I just can’t get it back” of Lightfoot’s song. Lightfoot has stated that he dropped the lawsuit when he felt it was having a negative effect on the singer Houston because the lawsuit was about the writer and not her. He also said that he did not want people to think that he had stolen his melody from Masser. The case was settled out of court, and Masser issued a public apology.
– source: wikipedia

I guess in those days it took a lot longer for a song to make the rounds. These days fans immediately jump to social media to point these things out. Anyway, have a listen!



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John Mayer vs. Matt Kearney vs. Coldplay

John Mayer - "New Light"

My friend Nicole just sent this one to me. I’ve never heard Matt Kearney before but I certainly heard John Mayer’s “New Light” (2018). There are definitely some similarities here. While listening to Kearney’s “Can’t Look Back” I also started to hear some of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”. Have a listen below!

John Mayer – “New Light” (2018)

Matt Kearney – “Can’t Look Back” (2020)

Coldplay – “Viva La Vida” (2008)

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Coldplay vs. David Guetta

Coldplay vs. Killing Joke

Coldplay vs. Kraftwerk

UPDATE: Survivor vs. Coldplay vs. Joe Satriani vs. Cat Stevens vs. Creaky Boards

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Ariana Grande “7 Rings” Lawsuit Settled

According to Reuters the book is closed on this one.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ariana Grande has settled a lawsuit by a hip-hop artist who accused the pop superstar of plagiarizing her 2019 smash “7 Rings” from a song he wrote two years earlier.

Josh Stone, a New Yorker who performs as DOT, revealed the settlement with Grande and 13 other defendants, including her publishers and several songwriters, in a Tuesday filing in federal court in Manhattan.

Terms were not disclosed, and a judge ordered the dismissal of Stone’s lawsuit because of the settlement. Lawyers for the parties did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

 

Here’s the original TSSL Post from January 2020:

When I first heard Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” (2019) I couldn’t believe that the intro vocal melody was directly pulled from  the 1959 song “My Favorite Things” from the musical “The Sound of Music”. Turns out original composers Rodgers and Hammerstein were in fact credited on Grande’s track.

But it seems like Grande’s chorus hook is what’s really in question. Josh Stone recorded a track called “You Need It I Got It” in (2017?). He has since sued Grande.

In a lawsuit filed in a New York federal court on Thursday, an artist called Josh Stone, aka DOT, claims that he shopped his own song You Need It, I Got It around in 2017.

One of the execs he claims to have played the song to was producer and Ariana Grande collaborator Tommy Brown.

Stone alleges that the hook in 7 Rings, which is: I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it, was copied from the hook in his song, which goes: You need it, I got it. You want it, I got it.

The lawsuit, which names Universal Music Corp and several others claims that “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 lawsuit filed against Ariana Grande last week follows various other high profile copyright infringement lawsuits in the music industry in recent months. -Music Business Worldwide

 

on Youtube:

Josh Stone – “You Need It I Go it”(2017)

Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” (2019)

“My Favorite Things” (1959)

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Battle of the Saxes (Ariana Grande vs. Jason Derulo vs. Macklemore vs. Wild Sugar)

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