Following the release of Demi Lovato’s “Stars” last November, Sleigh Bells were quick to point out the similarities between the song and one of their own. Now, they’re taking Lovato to court over the matter.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller filed a lawsuit in California federal court on Monday, accusing Lovato of lifting material from their 2010 track “Infinity Guitars”.
Update – April 13th, 2017: Lovato has agreed to a settlement with Sleigh Bells, according to court papers obtained by Billboard. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“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,” Krauss and Miller claim. “This infringing material repeats throughout the Defendants’ song.”
Sleigh Bells’ complaint notes that “signal decay and other sonic signatures” reveal “virtually identical content” and “transcend the realm of coincidence,” reports THR.
The lawsuit names Lovato, UMG Recordings and the song’s producers, Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub, as defendants. When Sleigh Bells initially raised the issue of copyright infringement last fall, Falk and Yacoub responded by saying, “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.”
Read Sleigh Bells’ full complaint here, and compare the two songs below.