Did Post Malone Rip Off ‘Circles’ ? This Lawsuit Says Yes


Post Malone’s next face tattoo should be a portrait of his family lawyer, who’s helping him out of a messy battle over his hit song “Circles.”

Two Lawsuits in One Day

On April 7, songwriter Tyler Armes filed a federal lawsuit against Post Malone, producer Frank Dukes and Universal Music Group.

According to NME, Armes is seeking co-writer and co-producer credits and royalties from “Circles,” past and future.

Armes claims that he worked for seven hours with Post and Dukes to write “Circles” in August 2018.

Post Malone filed his own suit against Armes on the same day. His complaint reads, “It is an age-old story in the music business that when a song earns the type of runaway success that ‘Circles’ has garnered, and individuals will come out of the woodwork falsely claim to take credit for the song, and demand unwarranted and unearned windfall profits from the song.”

Did Post Malone Steal ‘Circles’ From Another Writer?

While lawsuits like this usually comprise of a lot of he said/she said, Post does, at least, give Armes some credit.

Post said that while Armes was there for some of the production, “he did not write any music or lyrics that were used in the ‘Circles’ composition during the session or anytime after.”

Post’s lawsuit continues, “Because Armes did not author any music or lyrics used in the Circles composition at the August 8, 2018 session, and because Armes was not even present for any of the subsequent sessions for the Circles Composition, it is incontrovertible that Armes made no such contribution to the Circles Composition,” Post’s lawsuit claims.”

Armes’ lawyer, on the other hand, says,

“It is very disappointing that Post Malone and his team did not provide Tyler Armes with co-writing credit. A number of witnesses will corroborate that Tyler co-wrote Circles. We expect to be fully vindicated when this matter is decided by the Court.

The Success of ‘Circles’

It’s no wonder Tyler Armes wants a piece of the “Circles” pie. The song has been a runaway success since its release on August 30, 2019.

The song’s honors include:

  • First and only single by a solo male to hit double-digit frames at number-one on the Billboard Pop Songs Chart (February 2020)
  • Billboard’s 7th-best song of 2019
  • Malone’s fourth number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100
  • Stayed at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three non-consecutive weeks

Check back soon for more updates on the “Circles” scandal.

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