- 12 Aug 19
Another pop star under fire.
After Katy Perry lost a lawsuit over copying a beat for 'Dark Horse', Lady Gaga is the next pop star who is accused of stealing from another artist. She and fellow songwriter Mark Ronson supposedly used a three-note sequence in 'Shallow' that sounds similar to a note progression in the song 'Almost' by Steve Ronsen. The singer threatens to file a lawsuit against Gaga and Ronson.
Listen to both songs below:
"It was brought to my attention by many people that the 'Shallow' song sounds like mine. I did not seek this out, I haven't even seen the movie (I heard it's pretty good). I admire Lady Gaga and I just want to get to the bottom of this.", Ronson claims in a statement to ET Online.
He goes on: "I have secured a musicologist who also agrees that the songs are similar. I am simply going about this how anyone else would investigate any possible infringement."
Now, Gaga's lawyer has commented on the claim, releasing a statement on the singer's behalf: "Mr Ronson and his lawyer are trying to make easy money off the back of a successful artist. It is shameful and wrong."
The statement also says that Lady Gaga won't give in to the accusations: "I applaud Lady Gaga for having the courage and integrity to stand up on behalf of successful artists who find themselves on the receiving end of opportunistic claims such as this. Should Mr Shirian proceed with the case, Lady Gaga will fight it vigorously and will prevail."
Gaga's lawyer explains that they consulted multiple musicologists, "each of whom found no actionable similarities between the two songs." Apparently, even the musicologist hired by Ronson "acknowledged that the generic three note progression is present in many other songs predating his client’s song."
'Shallow' is featured on the soundtrack for the movie A Star Is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. It won the singer her first Oscar for 'Best Original Song'.