Ariana Grande, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood face sampling cases in the USA

January 2014

Music Publishing, recorded music, artistes


The Tennessean reports that pop star Ariana Grande, along with her publishing company and record label, are facing copyright infringement lawsuit related to her hit song “The Way.” The suit claims Grande and producer/writer/co-performer Mac Miller copied from the 1972 disco song “Troglodyte” when they recorded “The Way,” which became a major hit earlier this year and iTunes no 1 single, selling more than 2 million copies. The federal suit from  Minder Music claims Grande and Miller duplicated the vocal beginning to the Jimmy Castor Bunch’s “Troglodyte” when they recorded “The Way.” “Troglodyte” begins with Jimmy Castor speaking the phrase, “What we’re gonna do right here is go back, way back, back into time.”  “The Way” begins with the spoken phrase “What we gotta do right here is go back, back into time.”  The attorney in the claim is Richard Busch of King & Ballow who has previously successfully brought claims against samplers – in particular of George Clinton and Funkadelic and on behalf of Bridgeport Music.

And more from the Tennessean:  A US federal judge has ruled that a “song-theft” lawsuit against country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood over their duet “Remind Me” can move forward. Judge Aleta Trauger has ruled that songwriter Amy Bowen, who performs as Lizza Connor, had established a plausible claim of copyright infringement by performers Paisley, Underwood and songwriters John Kelley Lovelace and Charles DuBois. According to Bowen’s complaint, she wrote a song called “Remind Me” in 2007 and then went on to perform it during a country music songwriting workshop at which Lovelace and DuBois were advisors. No decision has been made on the substance of the claim, More in the  and

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