November 8, 2013 9:58

Jay Z sued over 2009 track 'Run This Town'

TufAmerica Inc label claims track samples Eddie Bo's 1969 song 'Hook & Sling'

Jay Z sued over 2009 track 'Run This Town'

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Jay-Z is being sued over a sample used on his 2009 track 'Run This Town', featuring Kanye West and Rihanna.

Record label TufAmerica Inc claims that the song, which appeared on Jay Z's 'The Blueprint 3' album, allegedly samples Eddie Bo's 1969 song 'Hook & Sling' over a dozen times. Daily News reports that TufAmerica is seeking "proceeds from 'Run This Town' and damages to be determined at trial, plus a court order to halt 'further distribution and exploitation' of the Eddie Bo song."

The copyright infringement suit filed Wednesday by the label TufAmerica Inc. in Manhattan federal court. TufAmerica has previous with Jay Z's Roc-A-Fella label according to Daily News, who report that this is the third lawsuit the label has filed against them. They previously sued Kanye West over sampling 'Hook & Sling' on 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'. Scroll down to hear 'Run This Town' and 'Hook & Sling' side by side now.

Meanwhile, Jay-Z recently announced that he is to release his own men's fragrance later this month (November). Titled 'Gold Jay Z', the rapper's debut scent is a collaboration with Ilias Ermenidis of Firmenich, the world's second-largest perfume company. It will be available in leading US department stores from November 29.

Meanwhile, Jay Z has recently released a statement defending another of his business ventures, a collaboration with US department store Barneys, which is currently embroiled in a race row. Barneys is one of several US retailers accused of profiling black shoppers who say they were detained by police after buying luxury items.



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