Demi Lovato is being sued by Sleigh Bells for allegedly sampling their 2010 track ‘Infinity Guitars’ without the band’s permission.
A copyright infringement lawsuit was filed by the duo against the singer in an LA court yesterday (August 22).
It claims that Lovato’s 2015 track ‘Stars’, which was released on her ‘Confident’ album as a bonus track, features elements of bass drum and hand-clap rhythms taken wholesale from Sleigh Bells’ own track.
The lawsuit, naming Alexis Krausse and Derek Miller of the duo as claimants, reads: “A comparison of the two songs reveals that, at the very least, the combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps, is at least substantially similar in both works… This infringing material repeats throughout the defendants’ song.”
Lovato, UMG Recordings and producers Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub are all named in the lawsuit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Last year, Sleigh Bells took to Twitter to accuse Lovato of using snippets from their songs.
The duo said they were “flattered” but stated that they “were not contacted” about the supposed samples. “Gotta clear those,” they added.
At the time, Lovato’s representatives provided a statement from Falk and Yacoub, which read: “We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato’s song ‘Stars.’ Demi was also not involved with the production. She only wrote top line.”
Listen to ‘Stars’ and ‘Infinity Guitars’ below.