LOS ANGELES • Nicki Minaj (above) could now be feeling sorry that she had recorded Sorry.
On Monday, people singer Tracy Chapman sued the rapper for allegedly copying her lyrics and a melody.
Chapman claimed that Sorry was partially lifted from her personal 1988 hit Baby Can I Hold You.
In the lawsuit, she stated Minaj and her brokers made “multiple requests” beginning in June this yr to license the music – after Sorry had already been recorded.
Even although Chapman “repeatedly” rejected these requests, Minaj supplied a replica of Sorry to a radio-station DJ, the go well with alleged.
In a July tweet that she later deleted, Minaj wrote music on her now-released album, Queen, featured one in every of “the greatest rappers of all time”, however that she had “no clue it sampled the legend #TracyChapman”.
Chapman’s lawsuit, which referenced that tweet, famous that “Minaj wrongfully deprived Chapman of the right and opportunity to decide whether to allow the use of the composition and, if so, on what terms”.
Baby Can I Hold You was featured on Chapman’s self-titled debut album and led to quite a few accolades, together with her 1989 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album and a nomination for Album of the Year.
Chapman stated her music’s lyrics and vocal melody accounted for about half of Sorry and had been “simply recognisable as her.