UPDATE // AUGUST 22, 2016: Sleigh Bells followed through with the lawsuit they threatened against Demi Lovato last year.
The pop group claimed Lovato ripped samples from their songs “Riot Rhythm” and “Infinity Guitars” without proper clearance for her song “Stars” off 2015’s Confident, and now they’re suing.
“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,” states the complaint. “This infringing material repeats throughout the Defendants’ song.”
The Hollywood Reporter says the lawsuit names Lovato, UMG Recordings and producers Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub as defendants.
“We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato’s song ‘Stars.’ Demi was also not involved with the production,” producer Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub said. “She only wrote top line.”
EARLIER // NOVEMBER 3, 2015:
Borrowing in music is a hot button issue these days.
After Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams lost their “Blurred Lines” lawsuit for their likeness to Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up,” artists are on edge about what they can and can’t sample in music.
Sleigh Bells claim Demi Lovato borrowed samples from their songs “Riot Rhythm” and “Infinity Guitars,” saying “@ddlovato Demi Lovato flattered you guys sampled Infinity Guitars & Riot Rhythm for “Stars” but we were not contacted. Gotta clear those.”
.@ddlovato Demi Lovato flattered you guys sampled Infinity Guitars & Riot Rhythm for "Stars" but we were not contacted. Gotta clear those.
— SLEIGH BELLS (@sleighbells) November 2, 2015
However, Lovato’s producers say she had nothing to do with the song’s production, and they deny their production had anything to do with samples from the songs in question.
“We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato’s song ‘Stars.’ Demi was also not involved with the production,” producer Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub said through Lovato’s reps. “She only wrote top line.”