Dua Lipa has had a busy few months with a heavy workload!
From launching a new podcast and newsletter to playing sold out arenas all over the world on her current tour, the pop star has had many different career aspects to pay attention to.
Unfortunately, Lipa faced a copyright infringement lawsuit earlier this month, pertaining to her hit single “Levitating” from her latest album “Future Nostalgia.”
Now the singer faces a second lawsuit alleging copyright infringement over “Levitating.”
The Blast reported earlier this month “A reggae band from Florida pressed charges against Lipa for allegedly creating her 2020 single ‘Levitating’ using one of their 2017 tracks, according to Bilboard.”
What’s Happening With The Second Lawsuit
Over the weekend, news broke that representatives for L. Russell Brown and Sandy Linzer, two songwriters who had penned the songs “Wiggle And Giggle All Night” and “Don Diablo” released in 1979 and 1980 and performed by Cory Daye and Miguel Bose, respectively, had filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Lipa on Friday afternoon.
According to Rolling Stone, “The lawsuit, obtained by Rolling Stone, states ‘The infringing works have compositional elements substantially similar to those of the [Brown and Linzer, or BL in the lawsuit] songs.'”
The report goes on to say “Most significantly the first and defining melody (the signature melody) in the infringing works is a duplicate of the opening melody from the BL songs. The signature melody is repeated six times in ‘Levitating’ and three times in ‘Levitating (Da Baby.)”
According to The Guardian, the songwriters also said “Levitating” is “A duplicate” of the melodies from both songs.
The publication also went on to add “Defendants have levitated away plantiffs’ intellectual property. Plantiffs bring suit so defendants cannot wiggle their way out of their willful infringement.”
The latter song is referring to the “Levitating” remix featuring Da Baby, released in 2020.
Lipa later condemned Da Baby following the rapper’s homophobic comments on Instagram, after the incident made headlines the following year.
What Happens Next?
As of this writing, Lipa has not publicly commented on the lawsuits she is currently facing.
The songwriters also pointed out “Interviews with Lipa, in which they said she ‘admitted that she deliberately emulated prior eras’ and ‘took inspiration’ from historic music for the ‘retro’ sound of her 2020 album Future Nostalgia,” as per The Guardian.
The aforementioned first lawsuit over “Levitating” by Artikal Sound System earlier this month stated “It was highly unlikely that ‘Levitating’ was created independently.”
While there have not been any concrete steps taken to resolve the cases, one of Brown and Linzer’s lawyers gave a statement to Rolling Stone wherein he stated “Even before the lawsuit, individuals commented all over YouTube about the similarities between ‘Levitating’ and the original songs composed by our clients…”
The statement concludes with “We look forward to vindicating this in Court and for the artists of today to properly pay homage to the greats that proceeded them.”
“Levitating” also holds the number one position on the Bilboard Year End Hot 100 Singles Chart for 2021, via Bilboard.
Lipa has been busy making the promotional circuit on late night talk shows for her many endeavors.
She recently appeared on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” discussing her viral dancing popularized on Tiktok.