What is it with celebrities and lawsuits lately? First, it was Katy Perry and now it is Lady Gaga! They both have a common theme going on, and we’re going to tell you all about it.
I can’t help but wonder if there are any online classes to help celebrities avoid this kind of thing from happening in the first place.
Do you remember Lady Gaga’s hit song “Shallow” from her film, A Star is Born? Well, a songwriter, Steve Ronsen, is now claiming that Gaga lifted key elements from one of the songs he released back in 2012. He posted his song to SoundCloud, and it has a three-note melody that seems to have been replicated by Gaga for her own song.
Rosen, with the help of his lawyer, is now requesting a settlement for ‘millions and millions’.
This news is quickly making its way through Gaga’s inner circle, and they consider this entire fiasco to be a ‘brazen shakedown.’
Her own lawyer, Orin Snyder, said that Ronsen is just trying to make easy money off the back of a successful artist, and praised Gaga for ‘having the courage and integrity to stand up on behalf of successful artists who find themselves on the receiving end of such allegations.’
He added that Gaga is fully willing to fight the lawsuit vigorously and plans to prevail. Her legal team asserts that the particular three-note melody in question is actually quite common, and has made an appearance in many songs, including “Dust in the Wind”, by Kansas.
Lady Gaga’s explanation seems to make a lot of sense, but is it really that simple? Not according to Ronsen’s lawyer.
He said that ‘an official report from a renowned and respected musicologist and professor who determined that there are significant tempo, melodic, rhythmic and harmonic similarities between the two hooks of the songs at issue.
However, according to Lady Gaga, the way her lyrics were penned was different from any other experience she had while writing a song. She claims that, “I was at the piano, the guys (Andrew Wyatt, Mark Ronson, and Anthony Rossomando) each had a guitar in their hands and we started coming up with lyrics and talking to each other.”
“That’s really what the song is”, she continued. “It’s a conversation between a man and a woman. But we didn’t know that when we started.”