Reports recently suggested that Del Rey has been accused of copying elements of Radiohead’s 1993 hit ‘Creep’ on her ‘Lust For Life’ album track ‘Get Free’.
Lana later appeared to confirm the reports, tweeting: “It’s true about the lawsuit. Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.”
She later discussed the alleged legal battle at a live show, claiming that ‘Get Free’ could be removed from her album as a result.
Now, a spokesperson from Warner/Chappell has issued a statement to Pitchfork, confirming that “discussions” have taken place between the two camps but denying that a lawsuit has been issued. The statement also denies that the band wants 100% of the publishing rights.
Read the statement in full beneath:
“As Radiohead’s music publisher, it’s true that we’ve been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey’s representatives. It’s clear that the verses of ‘Get Free’ use musical elements found in the verses of ‘Creep’ and we’ve requested that this be acknowledged in favour of all writers of ‘Creep’. To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they “will only accept 100%” of the publishing of ‘Get Free’.”
NME has approached the press representatives of both Radiohead and Lana Del Rey for further comment.
Meanwhile, Lana has cancelled her show in Kansas City after coming down with the flu. The concert had been due to take place on Tuesday (January 9).