Published Aug 22, 2016Last year, New York noise rockers Sleigh Bells accused Demi Lovato of lifting elements of their song "Infinity Guitars" on her Confident album track "Stars." While her reps shrugged off the accusation, things have gotten a little more official with a proper lawsuit.
Today (August 22), Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller filed a complaint in a California federal court. They named Lovato, UMG Recordings and producers Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub as defendants.
As The Hollywood Reporter explains, the lawsuit claims that "Stars" features "virtually identical content" to that of "Infinity Guitars," adding that it "transcends 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 complaint adds. "This infringing material repeats throughout the Defendants' song."
Sleigh Bells are seeking damages "including the substantial profits of Defendants, to be proven at trial."
Read the full court complaint here, and listen to both songs below.