Radiohead Sues Lana Del Rey
English rock band, Radiohead, are suing American songstress, Lana Del Rey, for ripping off their song, “Creep”.
Radiohead is alleging that the similarities between Del Rey’s track, “Get Free”, off her latest album, “Lust for Life”, and their 1992 alternative rock smash hit, “Creep”, are no coincidence.
After reports of legal action appeared in the media, Del Rey confirmed the lawsuit on twitter.
The 32-year-old singer, who was born Elizabeth Grant, denied copying “Creep”.
She said, “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.”
It is currently unclear who filed the lawsuit: the members of Radiohead or their publishers.
At a concert this weekend, Del Rey told the audience that the legal action could result in the song’s removal from later copies of her album.
She also told the audience that she views “Get Free” as her “personal manifesto”.
The lawsuit is made more complicated by the fact that Radiohead was sued by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, who claimed that “Creep” copied their 1974 single, “The Air That I Breathe”, which they wrote for The Hollies.
Radiohead admitted to copying the chord progression and melody, and Hammond and Hazlewood received co-writing credits and a percentage of the song’s royalties.
Radiohead has not yet commented publicly on the matter.