Demi Lovato Slapped with Copyright Infringement Lawsuit over Song ‘Stars’

The indie band Sleigh Bells has sued Demi Lovato over copyright infringement, claiming Lovato’s hit 2015 song “Stars” is “virtually identical” to their 2010 song, “Infinity Guitars.”

According to E! News, who obtained the court documents, Sleigh Bells claims the two songs “transcend the realm of coincidence.”

The legal docs state, “a comparison of the two songs reveals that, at the very least, the combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps, is at least substantially similar in both works. This infringing material repeats throughout the Defendants’ song.”

When “Stars” was released last year, the band tweeted to Demi, “Flattered you guys sampled ‘Infinity Guitars’ and ‘Riot Rhythm’ for ‘Stars’ but we were not contacted. Gotta clear those.”

Also named in the lawsuit is UMG Recordings, Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub. Yacoub spoke to Rolling Stone last year about the copyright infringement allegations. He told the mag, “We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato’s song ‘Stars’. Demi was also not involved with the production. She only wrote top line.”

Listen to the two songs below and let us know what you think:

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