UPDATE: January 10, 5:26 am ET According to new reports, Radiohead have not sued Lana Del Rey.
As reported by Pitchfork on January 9, a spokesperson from Warner/Chappell has denied the existence of a lawsuit between Radiohead and Lana Del Rey. The spokesperson wrote in a statement:
As Radiohead’s music publisher, it’s true that we’ve been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey’s representatives. It’s clear that the verses of “Get Free” use musical elements found in the verses of “Creep” and we’ve requested that this be acknowledged in favour of all writers of “Creep.” To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they “will only accept 100%” of the publishing of “Get Free.”
See the original article below, and check back to this post for updates as they emerge.
On the weekend of January 6, reports began to emerge that British rock band Radiohead were taking legal action over pop star Lana Del Rey’s song “Get Free” from her 2017 album Lust for Life. The group claim that it bears many similarities to their 1993 hit song “Creep.”
On Sunday, Del Rey confirmed the news on Twitter, denying that the song was inspired by “Creep.”
She even states she offered the band 40% of publishing, but according to her statement, they won’t settle for less than 100% of publishing revenues, so the case has now escalated and will apparently be settled in court. At a recent concert appearance in Denver, she said that the lawsuit could result in “Get Free” being removed from Lust for Life.
Canadian musician Owen Pallett noted that Radiohead’s allegations are most likely based on the chord progression of “Get Free,” which is similar in the verses of both songs.
Pallett also noted that the lawsuit might not be “Radiohead sitting around feeling annoyed about a stolen chord progression, this just might be their lawyers being lawyers.”
Ironically, Radiohead were once successfully sued by The Hollies over “Creep”’s similarities to “The Air That I Breathe.” Subsequently, Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood are now listed as co-writers for the song and get a share of royalties from the band.
Revisit “Get Free” and “Creep” below, and let us know what you think in the comments.
In other music news, JAY-Z released the visuals for “Blue’s Freestyle” in honor of Blue’s 6th birthday. Check it out right here.
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