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Ariana Grande and seven co-writers are being accused of plagiarizing her Grammy-nominated hit “7 Rings.”
The song “is a forgery — plagiarized from plaintiff Josh Stone who wrote, recorded and published the nearly identical original work ‘You Need It, I Got It’ … approximately two years earlier,” alleges a lawsuit filed Friday in US District Court for the Southern District of New York.
names Grande and seven other writers as defendants, along with several publishing companies involved in the song, including Universal Music Group.
Grande is up for five awards at the January 26 Grammys, including record of the year for “7 Rings.”
Stone is a hip-hop artist and producer who goes by the stage name “DOT.”
According to the lawsuit, a “comparative analysis of the beat, lyrics, hook, rhythmic structure, metrical placement and narrative context — by musicology experts or everyday listeners alike — demonstrates clearly and convincingly that 7 RINGS copied I GOT IT.”