The rumors that ’90s alt-rock band Radiohead are working on filing a lawsuit against Lana Del Rey have been dispelled by the group’s record label, Warner/Chappell, which issued a statement in response to the British singer-songwriter’s recent tweets about being sued for plagiarizing the band’s hit, “Creep,” in her track, “Get Free.”
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.
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) January 7, 2018
In response, Radiohead’s label said that representatives for Del Rey have been in discussions with the label since last August, and that claims of an all-or-nothing type situation were never made on the group’s behalf.
“As Radiohead’s music publisher, it’s true that we’ve been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey’s representatives,” a spokesperson for Warner/Chappell said. “It’s clear that the verses of ‘Get Free’ use musical elements found in the verses of ‘Creep’ and we’ve requested that this be acknowledged in favour of all writers of ‘Creep.’ To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they ‘will only accept 100 percent’ of the publishing of ‘Get Free.’”
Although the label says that the band is not planning to sue, they maintain that the songs follow the same chord progression.
“Creep” was released as the debut single off of Radiohead’s first album, Pablo Honey (1993), nearly 25 years before Del Rey ever recorded “Get Free.” Ironically, the band was sued for plagiarizing the song from Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood‘s “The Air That I Breathe,” a song they had written for The Hollies twenty years prior. The case was settled giving both Hammond and Hazlewood co-writing credits and a percentage of the song’s royalties.