Indie-rock duo Sleigh Bells have hit pop star Demi Lovato with a pretty little lawsuit, claiming the singer ripped off not one, but two of their tracks from 2010.
In November, Sleigh Bells accused Lovato of sampling the band’s songs without permission via Twitter. They said “Star”, which appears on Lovato’s 2015 album Confident, was taken from Sleigh Bell’s “Infinity Guitars” and “Riot Rhythm”.
.@ddlovato Demi Lovato flattered you guys sampled Infinity Guitars & Riot Rhythm for "Stars" but we were not contacted. Gotta clear those.
— SLEIGH BELLS (@sleighbells) November 2, 2015
At the time, Demi’s producers, Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub, denied using any samples from the Brooklyn based artists.
Skip to present day, where bandmates Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss have sued Lovato, UMG Recordings, Falk, and Yacoub for copyright infringement. In the suit filed Monday via California federal court, the pair specify “signal decay and other sonic signatures” that characterize “virtually identical content” and “transcend the realm of coincidence.” Guess you could say they are confident in their accusations.
Do you think both tracks are “identical” to each other? Take a listen for yourself.