Skrillex and Justin Bieber Tell Casey Dienel: ‘Sorry But We Didn’t Steal This’

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Skrillex and Justin Bieber Tell Casey Dienel: ‘Sorry But We Didn’t Steal This’

It may be too late now to say sorry – but don’t expect or to be the ones issuing an apology over indie pop singer-songwriter Casey Dienel suing them both over a striking similarity of a sample in Dienel’s 2014 song ‘Ring the Bell‘.

The sample in question, Dienel alleged in a lawsuit, was taken from her track “Ring the Bell,” and appears as an ascending vocal throughout Bieber’s hit “Sorry.”

Now Skrillex, who produced the track, posted a showing how he created the sample independently of Dienel’s work.  tweeted “SORRY but we didn’t steal this,” posting a in which he explained how he sampled co-writer Julia Michaels’ a cappella vocals for the “Sorry” writing session, pitch shifting the vocals down 4 then up 12 steps to produce the desired effect.

“All right, so here’s the a cappella from the writing sessions of ‘Sorry,’” he narrates, as he plays of the unmodulated voice of singer Julia Michaels.

 

https://twitter.com/Skrillex/status/736328422901714944

 

has since retweeted Skrillex’s tweet adding the hashtag #wedontsteal.

As well as Bieber and Skrillex, Sorry was written by Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter and Michael Tucker – all of whom are reportedly included in the lawsuit.

said he did think that Dienel’s allegations were probably true that the Bieber song, which was produced and written in part by Skrillex, did sample the indie musician’s “Ring the Bell.” But he was surprised that they didn’t clear it in advance. said it must have been an oversight caused in part by having so many writers on the track, which he estimated as being between 5-10. He said he was nearly in a similar situation with Beyonce’s Lemonade track “All Night,” but he caught it in the studio before things got away from them.

 

“Somebody added it and then didn’t tell anybody, so it’s just they should have fact checked it,” he said. As the case continues to unfold, only said – “I’m sure they’ll work out a deal with her,” he says, referring to Bieber’s legal team.

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