Demi Lovato is being sued with a lawsuit claiming she high jacked another band’s music.
Indie-pop duo Sleigh Bells accused the Cool for the Summer singer last year of sampling their songs “Riot Rhythm” and “Infinity Guitars” on her song called “Stars”, a bonus track from her album Confident, without proper credit. Lovato’s producers Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub denied such allegations, telling Rolling Stone, “We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato’s song,” adding, “Demi was also not involved with the production.”
Last November, following the release of “Stars,” Sleigh Bells tweeted at Lovato about the similarities, also mentioning their song “Riot Rhythm.” A rep on the group’s behalf told Rolling Stone last year that the duo “feels their music has been sampled without proper clearance and are seeking all available remedies with [Lovato’s record label] Island Records.”
Now, Sleigh Bells’s Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller are back a year later to settle the score and have officially launched legal proceedings against Lovato, Falk, Yacoub, and Universal Music Group. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the duo filed a complaint in a California federal court on Monday, alleging that “Stars” contains material from “Infinity Guitars.”
Here’s an excerpt of the lawsuit stating,
“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 complaint further claims that specific similarities “transcend the realm of coincidence.”
Lovato and her team have yet to comment on the lawsuit. Let’s hope that Demi Lovato won’t be seeing Stars after getting hit with this lawsuit. In the meantime, see for yourself if the lawsuit is legit by comparing the two songs below. Share your thoughts with us.
Written By: Kyree Shockley