will.i.am is in trouble for ‘Rebound’ lift

May 2013

Music publishing, recorded music


Singer will.i.am has been accused of using Arty and Mat Zo’s song “Rebound” for his own track with Chris Brown titled “Let’s Go” and now the The Black Eyed Peas stalwart has seemingly admitted at least to a degree of influence saying “Arty is a dope producer so I wrote this song to “Rebound” this last year,” in an interview with KISS FM, admitting that he used the song in question as the foundation for “Let’s Go” saying “I got in touch with Arty and showed it to him, did a different version to it ’cause I asked him [to] make it newer ’cause I don’t just wanna take your song and rap over it,” he said. “But in a year’s time, time’s gone by [and] we preferred writing over and using the [original] Rebound. Reviews say that ‘Let’s Go’ features the new vocals by Chris Brown, but the instrumental side uses Arty and Zo’s original almost in its entirety. Will.i.am was somewhat vague in the interview saying “Something happened and the clearance” but Arty insisted that “there is no official licence agreement, signed contract or anything else between me, Mat Zo, [their label] Anjunabeats and [Will.i.am’s label] Interscope”.

Arty had previously claimed no one from Interscope (will.i.am’s label) had contacted Anjunabeats (the imprint that released “Rebound“). Posts on Twitter and Facebook indicated that Arty, Mat Zo and Anjunabeats head Jono Grant first heard of “Rebound” being used when “Let’s Go” hit YouTube.

Will.i.am also faced an action for N-Dubz singer Tulisa who sued sued over the use of sampled lyrics in the Britney Spears collaboration “Scream and Shout.” Will had admitted to using her song, recorded as “I Don’t Give A F—k”.

And interesting slide show on alleged ‘lifted’ music and lyrics (including Radiohead’s “Creep”, Led Zepplin’s “Whole Lotta Love” and The Beach Boys “Surfin USA”)  can be found on the Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/23/william-lets-go-copyright-arty-mat-zo_n_3138250.html and more on will.i.am and samples here http://www.whosampled.com/artist/Will.i.am/

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