Lizzo fights copyright claims
90’s dance diva CeCe Peniston has set her sites on new up and coming diva Lizzo. CeCe’s viral post last week showed a side-by-side comparison of her 1992 hit “Finally” and Lizzo’s 2019 song “Juice” on Instagram, accusing the pop star of copying her popular ad-lib “ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee” in the song’s chorus, and claiming it was a “clear example” of copyright infringement.
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@bendaworld sent me this video and this is a clear example of #copyrightinfringement Cece Peniston versus @lizzobeeating y’all check this out and btw I love her music #tbt #juice #absolutvodka #finally #thetea #royalties #atlanticrecords #umpg #lizzo #lizzojuice #intellectualproperty …video contains footage from @absolute_vodka
This is not the only issue new cemented pop star Lizzo faces lately. Lizzo is sharing writing credit on her hit song “Truth Hurts” with the creator behind the song’s signature line, but not with two other writers who claim they also contributed to the track.
“Truth Hurts” fostered the popular line, “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100 percent that bitch,” which originated from a 2017 tweet by singer Mina Lioness and was turned into a popular meme. Lizzo wrote on social media that Lioness “is the person I am sharing my success with.” Not the songwriting brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen who claim they deserve writing credit on “Truth Hurts” because the line was also used in Lizzo’s song “Healthy,” which the brothers wrote.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in California, notes the Raisens “expressly withdrew any claim to “Truth Hurts,” in writing, in April of this year, and subsequently assured Lizzo, in writing, that they were making no claims to the work.”