You might remember last year when an electronic dance musician, Clive Tanaka, sued Young Money’s Nicki Minaj for her smash hit, “Starships“. Tanaka claims that the song is a complete rip off of hus track, “Neu Chicago”.
According to Pitchfork, Minaj has released a statement claiming neither her, or the song’s producer, had any idea of copyright infringement.
“Minaj has claimed that she had never heard of Tanaka or “Neu Chicago”. She said the track’s producer RedOne, who was also named in the lawsuit, gave her the demo for the song, but she changed the lyrics in the verses. In the lawsuit, Tanaka said that since his song had been used in multiple TV ads in Sweden and had hundreds of thousands of online plays, Minaj and her team were likely aware of it.
She’s asking for it to be dismissed, or at least for the case to be moved from Chicago to California.”
Take a listen to both songs and notice some of the striking resemblances: