The singer's attorney dismisses the plagiarism lawsuit, saying: 'There is no meaningful similarity'
Beyonce has defended herself against a lawsuit accusing her of plagiarism.
The singer – full name Beyoncé Knowles – is being accused of stealing a song from backing singer Ahmad Lane (known by his stage name of Javon), who alleges that his song ‘XOXO’ bears similarities to the star’s track ‘XO’, which featured on her 2013 self-titled LP.
Radar Online have obtained court documents from the case and detail Lane claims that he passed his song onto Knowles’ back-up vocalist Chrissy Collins, who then gave it to the singer herself. Lane is now issuing a federal lawsuit, seeking $7 million (£4.5 million) in damages.
Knowles is reportedly denying the claims, describing them as “vague and cryptic”. Court documents cite her attorney as saying: “The two works at issue are entirely different songs that share no lyrical or musical similarity, other than perhaps the letters ‘X’ and ‘O’,” adding “there is no meaningful similarity in pitch series, rhythm or rhythmic patterns, melodic development or structure”.
It is also noted that Lane never filed a copyright application for his song. Knowles has urged the court to dismiss the case.
Listen to both songs below.
Meanwhile, Beyoncé fans were recently left disappointed to find that a ‘big’ announcement promised by US morning television show Good Morning America was not news of a new album or tour, but instead the revelation from the singer that she is a vegan and following a new diet plan.
Preparing fans for the Beyoncé news, Good Morning America tweeted ‘@Beyonce has something amazing she wants you to know’. Fans were disappointed with the news of Beyoncé’s diet, with many claiming they already knew the singer abstained from eating or using animal products. Many fans took to Twitter to express their disappoint in the news.