Background Singer Sues Beyonce For Allegedly Stealing “XO”
For $7 million XOXO.
Someone is suing Beyonce for $7 million after claiming she stole her song “XO” from him.
Background singer Ahmad Lane filed the multi-million dollar federal lawsuit against the “Drunk In Love” singer last year claiming he worked as a background singer with Knowles’ current background singer Chrissy Collins for another artist. Are you following? He shared his song titled “XOXO” with Collins who he says passed it on to Beyonce who then used it for her last studio album.
Beyonce’s firing back at Lane, calling his complaint “vague and cryptic,” according to RadarOnline. Her rebuttal says, “The two works at issue are entirely different songs that share no lyrical or musical similarity, other than perhaps the letters ‘X’ and ‘O.’”
The documents also state that Lane never filed a “copyright registration” for his song.
Lane says Beyonce copied “the first four bars of an eight bar melody that is looped,” and “contains a four note sequence that is similar to the four note sequence,” but Beyonce’s people are urging the court to stop and listen to both songs because it’s evident Lane is just milking the situation for a settlement.
The “melodic content and there is no meaningful similarity in pitch series, rhythm or rhythmic patterns, melodic development or structure.”
Also, Beyonce’s attorney states, “the two songs are distinct from a thematic perspective.” Lane’s song describes romantic and sexual feelings towards a new lover with lyrics about “being horny” and “wanting to love every inch of the lover’s body,” while Beyonce’s song is a “celebration of love and life, emphasizing the importance of living in the present with a loved one ‘before our time has run out.’”
In other words, do not expect to sue Beyonce and win.