Ariana Grande is firing back at a lawsuit accusing her of ripping off one of her biggest hits and throwing a little shade in the process.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Ariana is asking a New York judge to dismiss the case brought by a songwriter named Josh Stone.
In his lawsuit, Josh said Ariana’s “7 Rings” ripped off his 2017 track “You Need It, I Got It.” In her response, Ariana denies lifting from the man’s work and wants the lawsuit dismissed.
Ariana calls the suit “baseless” and says “the melodies of these two songs are not alleged to be the same, much less substantially similar, nor are any of the musical notes or instrumentation at issue.”
Further, Ariana says Josh can’t copyright the shared lyrics “I got it” or “want it.” The pop star decided to rip into the rapper suing her.
Her lawyer wrote, “both songs are entirely different musically, lyrically and thematically. Plaintiff’s Work is a fully rapped boast about the rapper’s ability to supply endless drugs while threatening violence through misogynistic lyrics.”
She says her work is, “in stark contrast, features melodic verses sung to the instantly-recognizable melody of (the duly-licensed) My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music, and highlights female empowerment via the singer’s ability to purchase what she desires, including all of her “favorite things,” for herself and her friends, not needing anyone else to do so.”
Ariana is asking the court to dismiss the entire case ASAP. Back in January, songwriter Josh Stand filed a federal lawsuit against Ariana and Universal Music Group. The suit accused the defendants of copyright infringement.
In the suit, Josh said he wrote a song called “You Need It, I Got It” in January 2017. The track was released two years before Ariana released “7 Rings.”
Josh claimed “7 Rings” stole a ton from his song. He said his hook was “You need it, I got it. You want it, I got it” and Ariana sang, “I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it.”
He said the 2 songs had identical “metrical placement” of the phrases.
The songwriter said before Ariana released her song he had a bunch of meetings with music executives. Josh claims to have had a meeting with Universal Music where he showed them the material.
Josh says he also met with a man named Tommy Brown, who has worked with Ariana on her past 5 albums. He claims Tommy told him he really liked the track.
He said he never heard back and then heard Ariana’s “7 Rings.” He filed suit for all profits made off her song and an injunction prohibiting her from continuing to sell the music.