It is not a rare sight in music industry when artists put allegations on for infringing someone else’s work. The same has happened quite recently with Demi Lovato.
The pop star is facing allegation charges from Sleigh Bells for infringing their work. Sleigh Bells is one of the most popular and successful indie rock banks for the last couple of years.
The complaint was filed on Monday in the federal court of California where Sleigh Bells band members, Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller alleged that Lovato’s recent single “Stars” vividly contains material which is taken from their track “Infinity Guitars”. It is a track from Sleigh Bells’ debut album, Treats, from 2010.
The debut album, Treats was critically applauded and eventually went onto become a part of top 10 lists of many popular publications. On Billboard 200, it peaked at No. 39. Infinity Guitars was the second track from the album – it made to Rolling Stone’s list of the best songs of 2010. The single was licensed by Samsung for a commercial.
Lovato’s single Stars was a bonus track for her fifth album, Confident.
The complaint registered by Sleigh Bells reads, “A comparison of the two songs reveals that, at the very least, the combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps, is at least substantially similar in both works”.
The complaint also states, “This infringing material repeats throughout the Defendants’ song”. It further on alleges that “signal decay and other sonic signatures reveals virtually identical content and transcend the realm of coincidence.”
The lawsuit has named UMG Recordings and producers Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk and, Lovato as defendants.
When the album was released in 2015, Sleigh Bells tweeted: “Demi Lovato flattered you guys sampled Infinity Guitars & Riot Rhythm for ‘Stars’ but we were not contacted. Gotta clear those.” At that time, Lovato’s reps denied plainly using the Sleigh Bells track.
Loavto’s reps said, “We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato’s song ‘Stars.’ Demi was also not involved with the production. She only wrote top line.”