Tracy Chapman is suing Nicki Minaj for copyright infringement. The lawsuit alleges that rapper My sampled Chapman's 1988 single, "Baby…
Tracy Chapman is suing Nicki Minaj for copyright infringement. The lawsuit alleges that rapper My sampled Chapman’s 1988 single, “Baby Can I Hold You” on the Minaj single, “Sorry,” which was released in August.
Minaj (real name Onika Maraj) admitted to as much in a series Chapman’s song was sampled so heavily in “Sorry” and asked for Chapman to get in touch.
Chapman and her attorneys claim they “repeatedly denied Maraj’s after-the-fact requests to use the Composition “and now demand that Minaj cease” copying or otherwise using or exploiting the Infringing Work, including its interpolation of the Composition, “according to Rolling Stone
Minaj had originally planned to include “Sorry,” which features the rapper Nas, on her fourth studio album, Queen. Rather than keep up the record release, Minaj cut “Sorry” from the 1
9 track record before releasing the single separately a few days after the album came out.
According to the suit, Minaj continued to send requests through her lawyers to Chapman. At one point, it seems, Minaj did get a reply, though not the one she was hoping for. y .
Then, on August 11, Minaj went ahead and released the track anyway.
[Sissaidno”shewroteinasince-deletedtweetaccordingto Representatives for Minaj and her management did not respond to Rolling Stone ‘s requests for comment. In a statement, Chapman’s longtime lawyer Lee Phillips said, “Tracy Chapman very much protects her rights and she has a right to deny a license when requested. There is no question that this is infringement. If you ask what Nicki Minaj’s defense is going to be, we have no idea. “