No matter what you think of him, you've probably heard (and danced along to) Justin Bieber's hit single "Sorry".
The song was released as a single in October last year, and has since been streamed almost 650 million times on Spotify.
But now Justin is being sued by musician White Hinterland, who claims a vocal loop from her song “Ring the Bell” was used without a licence being obtained.
The artist wrote about the issue on her Facebook page, explaining her decision to file a lawsuit against Bieber and all other responsible parties.
"Creating original and unique music is my life’s passion," she wrote, "but it is challenging and time consuming."
I poured my blood, sweat, and tears into writing and producing "Ring the Bell," and I am proud of the finished product, which Rolling Stone listed as one of its "favorite songs, albums, and videos." Throughout my career, I have worked very hard to preserve my independence and creative control, thus it came as a shock to hear my work used and exploited without permission.
"Ring the Bell" is one of White Hinterland's most popular songs on Spotify, with over 500,000 streams.
Here are the two songs side-by-side, for reference:
This sounds way too similar to be a coincidence – he definitely stole her vocals.No way, the two songs just happen to sound a little bit similar.I don't really care – I still think "Sorry" is a banger.
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What do you think? Did Justin Bieber steal the vocal loop from "Sorry"?
vote votesThis sounds way too similar to be a coincidence – he definitely stole her vocals.
vote votesNo way, the two songs just happen to sound a little bit similar.
vote votesI don't really care – I still think "Sorry" is a banger.