It’s been a pretty bad couple of months for accusations of musical plagiarism. First came Katy Perry, then Robin Thicke and company, and now Nicki Minaj. OFFICIAL TREND. A Chicago electronic artist named Clive Tanaka is suing Minaj, RedOne, the producer of “Starships,” and the rest of the co-writers, (lol at how many people it takes to write this shit), saying they lifted from his 2011 song “Neu Chicago.”
The Chicago Tribune reports:
In a copyright infringement suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago, Tanaka said Minaj and several of her “Starships” collaborators copied substantial portions of “Neu Chicago,” which Tanaka claims had already enjoyed widespread airplay in the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of listens online by the time “Starships” was written.
Both songs layered on top of each other can be heard on Tanaka’s SoundCloud.
What do you think? Too close to call? A coincidence? Another case of vacant, talentless super-producers plundering from other less-known musicians in order to further enrich themselves and dumb down society step by step? Most likely it’s a little of all three.