Post Malone is well-known for his introspective songwriting and diverse vocal styles. The artist has amassed a massive fanbase across the globe. Recently, he got emotional during his Coachella Day 2 performance. It seems he’s currently battling over songwriting credits for his hit song “Circles.”
In a publishing dispute with pop sensation Post Malone, U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright decided in favor of Tyler Armes, a producer and songwriter. Judge Wright told Billboard that he believes Armes will be able to prove in court that he contributed significantly to the hit song “Circles,” which was produced during a studio session in August of 2018.
Armes, according to Wright, should be able to battle for co-credit on the song with producer Frank Dukes and Post Malone. Armes said that because he didn’t have veto authority in the studio, he was ineligible to receive songwriting credit. The judge clarified his point in a statement.
While Dukes may have controlled the laptop, nothing suggests that he or Post possessed any special veto or decision-making power that Armes did not. Armes’s evidence, if credited, supports the finding that the three musicians shared equal control in the session, making nonhierarchical contributions to a unitary whole.
Post Malone still does not believe the data supports Armes receiving the credit he is seeking. The credit would give him an equal third of the song’s cumulative radio airplay audience of over 2.9 billion, 732 million U.S. streaming, and 457,000 downloads, according to Billboard. On May 17th, the three will battle it out in federal court in Los Angeles.
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