An unknown songwriter has filed a million dollar lawsuit claiming Lady Gaga stole the melody for the hit song Shallow. The songwriter Steve Ronsen claims Shallow copied a few notes from his song “Almost,” which has than 300 streams on SoundCloud.
Ronsen and his attorney Mark D. Shirian want millions of dollars in a settlement. Gaga has hired NYC attorney Orin Snyder, who says she won’t back down.
Shallow was written by Gaga and Mark Ronson. Gaga told the LA Times, “When I wrote that song with Mark and Anthony and Andrew, it was different from any other experience I’ve had writing a song. There was a grave nature to the room. I was at the piano, the guys each had a guitar in their hands and we started coming up with lyrics and talking to each other. That’s really what the song is. It’s a conversation between a man and a woman. But we didn’t know that when we started.
Look out for singer-songwriter Delacey. She signed with LA Reid’s HITCO indie label. Collaborating with producer Ido Zmishlany, The LA based singer released a batch of songs. Her first two releases My Man and The Subway Song have generated over 1 million Spotify streams. She first grabbed attention as a songwriting landing a cut with The Chainsmokers and co-writing Halsey’s smash hit Without Me. Her song My Man is currently #39 at Top 40 Radio. Check out her new released track Emily.
The music industry is on edge after Katy Perry lost a court battle with her song Dark Horse over copyright infringement.
Katy Perry and her collaborators were ordered to pay $2.8 million in damages. Lawyers are very nervous right now as well as songwriters. They haven’t been this uptight since Robin Thicke and Pharrell were sued for $5.3 million for copying Marvin Gaye’s hit ‘Got to Give It Up.’
Currently, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven is under fire.
“There are only 12 notes you can work with, and so things are going to sound alike without technically infringing,” said Mr. McPherson, the music attorney. “The stifling of creativity we predicted after ‘Blurred Lines’ is happening, and after this Katy Perry case it’s going to happen more.”
Ed Sheeran’s Divide tour blows past U2 earning himself as the highest grossing tour of all time.
Sheeran wrote on Instagram, “Today the Divide tour broke the all time tour record set by U2. Its now the most attended and highest grossing tour of all time. Thanks so much for each and every one of you who have come to a show. 12 shows left, will never forget it x”
Lana del Rey will finally release “Norman F*#! Rockwell!” on August 30th. The album was postponed by her label due to a number of new music releases and competition – but they will push it out for the Grammy Awards (deadline September 30th).
The album was written with Jack Antonoff who worked with Taylor Swift among others. For the album cover she recruited Duke Nicholson, grandson of Jack Nicholson.
Lana will also bundle her album with tickets, a controversial practice that artists use to get their album to chart. People who buy a ticket will get an album — even if they don’t want the album.