NY electro-noise duo Sleigh Bells have filed a lawsuit against Demi Lovato, her Confident producers, and UMG recordings for lifting their tracks "Infinity Guitars" and "Riot Rhythm," from their glorious 2010 debut Treats, for her song "Stars" without monetary compensation or permission.
Last November, Sleigh Bells--made up of producer/guitarist Derek Miller and vocalist Alexis Krauss--tweeted to Lovato regarding the matter:
.@ddlovato Demi Lovato flattered you guys sampled Infinity Guitars & Riot Rhythm for "Stars" but we were not contacted. Gotta clear those. — SLEIGH BELLS (@sleighbells) November 2, 2015
The band was almost immediately hit with a surge of hate and "WHO ARE YOU?" from Twitter's Lovatic community.
Lovato's producers, Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub, denied any illegal sampling, stating:
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.
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 ['Stars'].
The signal decay and other sonic signatures are virtually identical. The similarities between 'Infinity Guitars' and 'Stars' transcend the realm of coincidence or shared genetic material, and inform the very essence of the works.