May 28, 2016


Skrillex & Bieber: 'SORRY, But We Didn't Steal' White Hinterland's Hook

Kevin Mazur/WireImage
Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Earlier this week, news broke of a lawsuit regarding Justin BieberSkrillex and White Hinterland, as the indie-pop singer/songwriter is taking the chart-topping dynamic duo to court over their hit single, "Sorry."

Skrillex and Bieber didn't wait to address White Hinterland—a.k.a. Casey Dienel—in a court of law, but did what most would do with a wifi connection and a huge amount of followers between their respective accounts: They hit Twitter to say that, no, they did not rip off Dienel's vocal line from her 2014 track "Ring the Bell."

In a 30-second clip, Skrillex breaks down audio from one of the songwriting sessions that lead to "Sorry," messing with the vocal take and deconstructing it as a means of proving that they didn't lift from Dienel's recording. Bieber then shared Skrillex's video, throwing a #wedontsteal, #sorry and a smiley face in a tweet for good measure. 

Whether or not this is legit remains to be seen: While Skrillex's post offers a little insight into the process that put together "Sorry" and a firm denial of theft, the similarities between White Hinterland's "Ring the Bell" and the high notes of the smash single can't be unheard, and all the video proves is that the vocal was recorded during a songwriting session that eventually produced "Sorry." It doesn't prove that Bieber, Skrillex and the team that contributed to the single's creation came up with the line themselves.

Watch this space for updates, and read Dienel's full statement explaining why she's taking legal action against Bieber and Skrillex here.