Demi Lovato Sued by Sleigh Bells For Alleged Copyright Infringement
By Lynda Brendish
Uh-oh, Demi Lovato.
The "Cool For the Summer" singer might not be feeling so cool today. Alt-pop duo Sleigh Bells filed a lawsuit against Lovato, UMG Recording and her producers, Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub, on Monday, alleging copyright infringement.
In the documents obtained by ET, Sleigh Bells' Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss, allege that Lovato's track "Stars," released as a bonus track on her 2015 album Confident, contains similarities that "transcend the realm of coincidence" with their 2010 hit, "Infinity Guitars."
"A comparison of the two songs reveals that, at the very least, the combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps, is at least substantially similar in both works," the lawsuit claims.
The band first noted the likeness between the songs in November 2015, when they tweeted Lovato, "flattered you guys sampled Infinity Guitars & Riot Rhythm for 'Stars' but we were not contacted. Gotta clear those."
.@ddlovato Demi Lovato flattered you guys sampled Infinity Guitars & Riot Rhythm for "Stars" but we were not contacted. Gotta clear those.
The song's producers responded to that allegation in a joint statement: "We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato's song 'Stars.' Demi was also not involved with the production. She only wrote top line."
Take a listen to both songs below and decide for yourself.
The 24-year-old singer isn’t the only popstar to come under fire for alleged copyright infringement recently. In May, it was Justin Bieber and Skrillex who found themselves defending the hook in their hit song, "Sorry." Find out more about the allegations in the video below.