U.S. News | Ariana Grande Sued for Copyright Infringement Over 7 Rings Single

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Hip-hop artist, Josh Stone who goes by the stage name “DOT” has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Ariana Grande alleging that the singer lifted the hook from his 2017 song “You Need It, I Got It” and used it for the chorus of Grande’s 2019 single “7 Rings” without permission.

The plaintiff alleges that highly regarded musicology experts have found the two songs to share similar elements including a likeness in its beat and lyrics.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff reportedly said that 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 even the rhythm and placement of the notes and lyrics.

Stone reportedly said that he had initially pitched “You Need It, I Got It” to Tommy Brown, who worked on all five of Grande’s studio albums, during a 2017 meeting with Universal Music Group. Tommy Brown showed interest in a collaboration that didn’t pull through.

Stone alleges that Tommy Brown took his song to Grande and rebranded the song to “7 Rings”.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff reportedly said that “7 Rings” has generated over $10 million in profit.

Stone is seeking monetary damages as well as the destruction of any copies of the song that the defendant have in their possession.

The case is ongoing.

Stone v. Grande et al

Judge:Naomi Reice Buchwald
Court:New York Southern District Court
Case #:1:20-cv-00441
Nature of Suit:Copyright
Cause:Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: Jan 16, 2020
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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