Okay, this is what I was going to write about originally yesterday. By the way, concerning yesterday’s post on famous people/athletes coming out of the closet, it was not my intention to diminish the process of coming out, meaning when anyone, famous or not, comes out. Shock value can be good or bad, in this case, it was definitely exciting to watch the day unfold. I have to remember to write with a lot more clarity, so if I offended or confused anyone, I apologize. Now..
I had seen the headline about Jessie J being hit with a copyright lawsuit over “Domino”, but I hadn’t read the whole story. Then over the weekend, a couple of friends brought it to my attention. Have you ever heard the song “Bright Red Chords” by California pop rock band Loomis & the Lusts? I didn’t think so, but you might recognize the melody in the song’s verses.
And for the comparison.
I believe Will Loomis has a case. On the band’s website, the main headline links to the copyright lawsuit story. So, what happens next? Jesse J’s camp has yet to comment, the writers credited for “Domino” include the artist herself, uber-pop producer Dr. Luke, Claude Kelly, who co-wrote “Price Tag” as well as hits for Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Adam Lambert, Toni Braxton, the list goes on: Martin Sandberg, and Henry Walter. In fact, Jessie J, Luke, and Kelly wrote Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A” Just a random factoid.
Of course, this isn’t the first time a big name star has tried to capitalize on a previously written melody. There are dozens of cases; Mariah Carey has been twice, one for “Hero” and one for “Make it Happen”. One I just read about, involves Men at Work’s biggest hit, “Down Under”. The band lost a suit in 2010 after not crediting the flute line at the beginning, which is based on the Australian nursery rhyme, “Kookaburra”. Like to hear it? Here it goes…
Men at Work (RIP Greg Ham, the dude playing the flute)
One more example that I think of as soon as I hear “copyright infringement” In 1997, the Rolling Stones released “Anybody Seen My Baby?” and the chorus melody is an exact copy of the chorus melody in k.d. lang’s biggest hit, “Constant Craving”. Fortunately, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were wise to credit lang and her co-writer Ben Mink on the track. And for the hell of it, let’s compare! You’re just listening for the choruses.
Now, the Stones (Just who is that with the shaved head? She’s hot! I will envy Brad Pitt for the rest of my life.)
We’ll see how the Jessie J. situation develops….