Dua Lipa is currently dealing with legal drama over her hit song “Levitating.” Dua recently became a target of controversy after a music band sued the singer for allegedly stealing their song. Now, it appears Dua is getting called out once again.
The music sensation is facing a second copyright lawsuit over her smash hit ‘Levitating.’ This comes less than a week after it was reported that Artikal Sound System had sued the singer for allegedly ripping off their song ‘Live Your Life’.
According to Billboard, in a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court on Friday (March 4), songwriters L. Russell Brown and Sandy Linzer allege that Lipa “duplicate[d]” the “signature” opening melody for ‘Levitating’ from their 1979 song ‘Wiggle and a Giggle All Night’ and 1980 song ‘Don Diablo.’ The tracks were performed by Cory Daye and Miguel Bosé respectively.
“The signature melody is the most listened to and recognizable part of the infringing works and plays a crucial role in their popularity, Because video creators frequently truncate the already brief snippets of sound on TikTok, the signature melody often comprises fifty percent or more of these viral videos.”
Brown and Linzer also allege that Lipa has admitted in the past to having “deliberately emulated prior eras” and “[taking] inspiration” from earlier music in order to create a “retro” sound. Attorneys for the pair wrote in the lawsuit, “In seeking nostalgic inspiration, defendants copied plaintiffs’ creation without attribution,”
They further wrote, “Defendants have levitated away plaintiffs’ intellectual property. Plaintiffs bring suit so that defendants cannot wiggle out of their willful infringement,” Meanwhile, Lipa’s label, Warner, and collaborator DaBaby, are also named as defendants in the suit.
Listen to ‘Levitating’ as well as ‘Wiggle and Giggle All Night’ and ‘Don Diablo’ below.
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