Ariana Grande sued for copyright infringement over '7 Rings'

Brenda Watkins
January 17, 2020

"7 Rings" has already earned over USD10 million in revenue according to court documents.

In the lawsuit filed against the "Thank U, Next" singer and obtained by TMZ, Josh Stone claimed that Ariana Grande's "7 Rings" hit was a rip-off from a song he wrote entitled "You Need It, I Got It". While Stone's song has the refrain: "You Need It, I Got It. You want it, I got it".

The song has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, including record of the year.

The lawsuit, filed in NY federal court by lawyer Tamir Young, alleges two forensic musicologists have examined the choruses of every tune and discovered the notes and rhythm to be substantially similar also. The allegations in the lawsuit also included a report from two forensic musicologists who have been tapped to analyze the two songs. "Said a different way, the rhythm and positioning of the lyrics and notes are indistinguishable".

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In addition to monetary damages, Stone seeks to bar Grande from performing 7 Rings in the future and deliver up all copies of the song for destruction.

Representatives for Grande, who is nominated for five Grammys at the awards show on January 26, including two for 7 Rings, did not immediately respond to a request by Reuters for comment. This past year, a jury found that Katy Perry had stolen a riff from Flame, a little-known Christian rapper.

A supply connected to Ariana tells TMZ, "7 Rings" also has the same hook as "The Sound of Song" so Stone's claims are ridiculous ... on the opposite hand, it appears to be like Stone's referring to a particular section of the tune.

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