August 23, 2016


Demi Lovato Finally Sued by Sleigh Bells for Copyright Infringement

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Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Remember that time last winter when the Lovatics were in a frantic tizzy, after Sleigh Bells rightfully called out Demi Lovato of sampling their songs without clearance? Everyone seemed to have forgotten about the drama since then...until now.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sleigh Bells (comprised of Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller) filed a complaint on Monday in California federal court where they cited copyright infringement. The duo claim Lovato's Confident bonus track "Stars" features sounds taken from their 2010 single, "Infinity Guitars," off their debut album, Treats.

The complaint states,

“The sonic qualities of portions of ‘Infinity Guitars’ and ‘Stars’ are at least substantially similar. The signal decay and other sonic signatures in each of the songs are comprised of and contain virtually identical content, and analyses of the two songs reveal that they are, at least in part, substantially similar, virtually identical, or identical.”

The lawsuit also names UMG Recordings and producers Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub as defendants. Last November, Sleigh Bells tweeted "Demi Lovato flattered you guys sampled Infinity Guitars & Riot Rhythm for 'Stars' but we were not contacted. Gotta clear those." 

Lovato's rep subsequently denied the claims. But check out the songs for yourself below to hear the comparisons: