Starships were meant to fly, sure, but hooks weren't meant to fly from one song to another without due compensation.
Clive Tanaka, an electronic artist from Chicago, has filed suit against Nicki Minaj, claiming that her hit song "Starships" borrowed too much from his 2011 song "Neu Chicago," as the Chicago Tribune reports.
The copyright infringement suit — which was filed on Sept. 10 in the U.S. District Court in Chicago — names Nicki, producer RedOne, and writers Carl Falk, Wayne Hector, and Rami Yacoub.
The evidence against Nicki's team is pretty scathing: Clive's suit claims that his song received airtime in a Swedish beverage commercial around the time that RedOne and his colleagues were living there.
"They had a very good opportunity to hear it," says Christopher Niro, Clive's attorney.
As the newspaper notes, Clive is sort of an enigma himself. His fans don't know his actual name, his company is based in an industrial warehouse, and even that attorney has only a vague sense of Clive's exact whereabouts: "Argentina, from what I was told … working on a new album and screenplay."
Clive even went so far as to post a comparison of the two songs on SoundCloud. We think "Starships" is similar to "Neu," but not a dead ringer. But what do you think? Does Clive have a shot in court?
Source: The Chicago Tribune