Pop star Demi Lovato may have had a “Heart Attack” after being accused of lifting music elements of famous indie group ‘Sleigh Bells’ 2010 track Infinity Guitars.
Indie-pop duo Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller of Sleigh Bells caused a stir last year when they accused Lovato of sampling their songs “Riot Rhythm” and “Infinity Guitars” on her 2015 Confident bonus track “Stars” without their permission.
.@ddlovato Demi Lovato flattered you guys sampled Infinity Guitars & Riot Rhythm for "Stars" but we were not contacted. Gotta clear those.
— SLEIGH BELLS (@sleighbells) November 2, 2015
At the time, the song’s producers denied sampling the tracks speaking to Rolling Stone. “We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato’s song Stars,” Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk said in a joint statement. “Demi was also not involved with the production. She only wrote the top line.”
Now, almost a year later, Sleigh Bells’s Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller have made good on their threat, and have officially launched legal proceedings against Demi Lovato, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, and Universal Music Group.
Sleigh Bells state in the suit that the songs in question are “virtually identical,” while arguing that the similarities “transcend the realm of coincidence.”
“A comparison of the two songs reveals that, at the very least, the combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps, is at least substantially similar in both works,” the filing claims.
Sleigh Bells seek “a permanent injunction prohibiting the reproduction, distribution, sale, public performance or other use or exploitation of Infinity Guitars” by those named in the lawsuit.
Demi Lovato and her team have yet to comment on the lawsuit. Meanwhile, compare the two songs for yourself below and let us know what you think.