Group said 'every Disclosure song we have put our names to has been written by us'
Disclosure have denied claims that their biggest songs feature stolen lyrics – and confirmed they’re currently working on a new album.
Earlier this week, it was reported that a songwriter called Katie Farrah Sopher was suing Disclosure for £200,000 after claiming that the group’s hit tracks ‘White Noise’, ‘Latch’ and ‘You And Me’ used lyrics stolen from her personal songbook. Sopher alleged that the lyrics were taken by her ex-boyfriend Sean Sawyers and sold on to music industry contacts.
Disclosure wrote in a statement on Facebook today that “every song we have put our names to has been written by us” and expressed their “frustration” at the claims.
“Just wanted to post a little something for our fans who may have read the blogs in the last couple of days and help clear up some speculation that has been circulating, to do with whether or not we wrote the lyrics to some of our songs,” they wrote. “Firstly we want to make it very clear that every Disclosure song we have put our names to has been written by us. We sometimes write lyrics and melodies alongside whoever the featured singer may be (ie Sam, Eliza etc) and the great Mr Jimmy Napes, but that is it.
“When we do, we always make sure everyone gets proper credit. We take great pride in our self sufficiency, our work and the way we work, and it’s incredibly frustrating when someone tries to take that away from us, by claiming we stole even one word or one note of our music from anyone.
“We’d much rather be working on more music than commenting on these type of things, but it felt like we had no choice…
“So, just to be clear, all allegations made against us to do with this subject are completely false, as anyone we have ever worked with will back up.”
The group added: “We didn’t get into this industry to steal other people’s ideas and we haven’t – we are musicians, artists and producers. In better news… Album 2 is niiiiicely underway!”
Disclosure’s debut album ‘Settle’ – which featured contributions from Sam Smith, AlunaGeorge, Eliza Doolittle and Jessie Ware – was released in 2013 and reached Number One in the UK.