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Lana Del Rey Being Sued by Radiohead for Plagiarism

“Creep” Ownership Sparks Legal Battle

Recently there have been rumors floating around the British tabloids that 90’s alternative band Radiohead are in the process of getting ready to file a lawsuit against singer Lana Del Rey for plagiarism of the band’s classic “Creep” in her song “Get Free.” Del Rey, however, has now confirmed the rumors to be true.

This past Sunday, Del Rey took to Twitter to address all the rumors floating around the press about the lawsuit to confirm them to be true.

In her tweet, Del Rey says: “It’s true about the lawsuit. Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.”

The main focal point in terms of similarities between the two songs is the chord progression. Although they are both in different keys, they follow the same chord progression and are also both played at approximately the same tempo as one another. Additionally, in the chord progression, both songs use a minor fourth in the last chord in order to create a more resounding sense of tension and darkness because technically the chord is not in the key of the song.

Both songs are posted below, for anyone interested to study the similarities and differences between the two tracks.

There is a bit of irony about all of this. In 1992, Radiohead was sued by songwriters Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood for plagiarizing the song “The Air That I Breathe” that they had written for The Hollies 20-years beforehand. Radiohead lost the lawsuit and agreed to give Hazlewood and Hammond co-writing credits on the song.

No further commentary has been given by Del Rey or Radiohead about the lawsuit since the tweet.

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  • Molly Plunkett

    That sounds like coincidence to me. Given radiohead’s experience, I’m surprised that they’re pursuing this.

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