A lawsuit filed against Justin Bieber over alleged similarities between his hit song ‘Sorry’ and an earlier track released by an indie musician has reportedly been dropped.
‘Sorry’ was released as a single in October 2015 and featured on Bieber’s acclaimed album ‘Purpose’. Indie-pop musician Casey Dienel, who previously recorded under the guise of White Hinterland, was suing the star, as well as others who worked on the track such as Skrillex, for allegedly lifting the main vocal riff from her 2014 song ‘Ring the Bell’. Listen to both songs beneath.
Dienel claimed that Bieber’s track mimicked the “unique characteristics of the female vocal riff” from her song. She said she was forced to sue after approaching Bieber’s team with “an opportunity to have a private dialogue” and they subsequently refused.
TMZ now reports that Dienel has filed paperwork to drop her lawsuit, although it is not currently known why. NME has approached both Dienel and Bieber’s press representatives for further comment.
Last year, Dienel said that ‘Sorry’ “copies” her track and said that she “does not take the act of suing lightly”.
Dienel went on to say that she “poured my blood, sweat, and tears into writing and producing ‘Ring the Bell’” and that “it came as a shock to hear my work used and exploited without permission”.
She added: “I offered Bieber’s team an opportunity to have a private dialogue about the infringement, but they refused to even acknowledge my claim, despite the obviousness of the sample. Justin Bieber is the world’s biggest artist, and I’m sure that he and his team will launch a full attack against me. But, in the end, I was left with no other option. I believe I have an obligation to stand up for my music and art.”