Sleigh Bells have filed a lawsuit against Demi Lovato over copyright infringement claiming that her song Stars is a rip-off of their songs.
Demi Lovato has been touring the country with Nick Jonas and reaching new heights with her motivational role model status and singing a hit after hit. Her album Confident has definitely been one of her most successful musical endeavors but her bonus track “Stars” is under a lot of scrutiny.
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The indie-pop duo Sleigh Bell tried to get some attention to the fact that Stars’ music was a lot like their tracks, songs “Riot Rhythm” and “Infinity Guitars”.
Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller claimed that the song had sampled the music from their songs and had not bothered to give them the proper credit. Demi’s producers Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub claimed that they had not sampled anyone’s music and that Demi was not involved in the production process.
No further response or credit was given. Krauss and Miller thought it was time to take some legal action against Demi and the producers. On August 22nd, they served the studio and the singer with a lawsuit claiming copyright infringement. The report detailed that “Stars” contains material from “Infinity Guitars.”
The report specifies that 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 claims that specific similarities “transcend the realm of coincidence.”
Demi or Universal Music Group are yet to comment on the lawsuit. They will be preparing to put up a defence in the case but we will have to see how it works out. Recently, Ed Sheeran was also handed a lawsuit on the same grounds for his hit track “Photograph”.
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