Manhattan federal judge said she was a British pop star Dua Lipa must face a demand Where they are accused of copying their 2021 hit “Levitating” from the 1979 disco song.
United States District Judge Katherine Polk Faella said that musician L. Russell Brown and Sandy Linger may attempt to put on a performance “substantial similarity” between “Levitating” and their song “Wiggle and Giggle All Night”.
Lipa’s lawyers and her Warner Records record label did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The claim, submitted in March 2022, said that “Levitating” shared “Creative Elements” with “Wiggle”.“, especially when its opening tune is being copied.
defense attorneys argued that it was It’s Impossible To Believe Lipa, 27, Heard “Wiggle” before writing “levitating”.
Falla agrees, but says that the plaintiffs allege “sufficient facts” to support that the songs were “surprisingly similar”even going so far as to share a “repetitive rhythm” and a “particular melody” that the singer could have copied from her.
The Court cannot rule out the possibility that Plaintiffs satisfy the inescapable requirement of demonstrating striking similarity”, Faila wrote.
Jason Brown, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said in a statement that “they have great respect for today’s artists, but if their material is used There is an allegation and compensation Sufficient. We look forward to submitting tests and bringing this matter to court.”
Faella’s opinion does not cover plaintiffs’ allegation that “Levitating” copied another song, “Don Diablo”, From there who were the holders of the copyright rights.
“Levitating” was featured on Dua Lipa’s breakthrough album of 2020 “Memories of the Future”. The song peaked at number 2 in 2021, spending 77 weeks on Billboard’s US Hot 100 singles list.
In June, a federal judge in Los Angeles canceled a request who accused lipa of copying “Levitating” from a 2017 song. from Florida reggae group Article Soundsystem.
Another lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles on July 31, claimed that Lipa never obtained permission from composer Bosco Cante to include her “Talk Box” recording in Remezclass of “Levitating”.
With information from Reuters
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