Will.i.am has admitted that he did not have clearance on a sample used in his song ‘Let Go’.
The track sees will.i.am collaborate with Chris Brown and is based on the 2012 track ‘Rebound’ by Arty and Mat Zo. The singer/ producer was accused of not gaining permission to use the track by Arty on Twitter and later admitted it during an interview with Kiss-FM in America.
Speaking about ‘Let Go’ and the issue of its origins, will.i.am said: “Arty is a dope producer so I wrote this song to ‘Rebound’ this last year. I got in touch with Arty and showed it to him, did a different version to it because I asked him [to] make it newer, because I don’t just want to take your song and rap over it.”
However, later on in the interview will.i.am revealed that a delay led to a change of mind and that “something happened” with the clearance of the song. “In a year’s time, time’s gone by [and] we preferred writing over and using the [original] ‘Rebound.’ Something happened and the clearance. . . hopefully, we resolved the issue.”
They never cleared rights through Anjunabeats, who's only one label, who ownes the rights for "Rebound".
— ARTY (@artymusic) April 16, 2013
This is not the first time will.i.am has found himself at the centre of a plagiarism row with X Factor judge Tulisa challenging the producer over his hit single ‘Scream and Shout’. Tulisa claimed that she was owed money from the song as she had written lyrics for the original demo version before being replaced on vocal duty by Britney Spears.
Tulisa, whose debut album ‘The Female Boss’ was a major flop, claims she wrote the lyric: “When you hear this in the club, you’d better turn this shit up.” The track was originally called ‘I Don’t Give A Fuck’, and was due to appear on her album.