When Demi Lovato released Confident last year, Sleigh Bells fans immediately recognized bonus track, “Stars.” Sleigh Bells obviously noticed it too—the track clearly sampled “Infinity Guitars” and “Riot Rhythm” from their 2010 debut Treats—and instead of licensing the songs or even giving props to the band, Lovato and her producers, Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub, denied any knowledge of the electro-noise duo after they called her out on Twitter. Meanwhile Lovatics went wild, trolling Sleigh Bells all over the internet.
.@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
Now, Sleigh Bells has filed a lawsuit against Lovato, her producers and UMG recordings for copyright infringement, alleging Lovato and co. intentionally infringed upon Sleigh Bells’ “Infinity Guitars” without authorization. In their claim, producer/guitarist Derek Miller and lead singer Alexis Krauss argue, “The similarities between ‘Infinity Guitars’ and ‘Stars’ transcend the realm of coincidence or shared genetic material, and inform the very essence of the works.”
The suit identifies “the combination of the hand claps and bass drum,” as the main point of copyright infringement, as well as “the signal decay and other sonic signatures.” In addition to a request for monetary compensation, Miller and Krauss are asking for a legal declaration of intentional infringement, adding the producers “failed to even notify Sleigh Bells that they intended to exploit Sleigh Bells material to create a Demi Lovato song.”
As of now, reps for Lovato have yet to comment on the suit, though last year Yacoub and Falk told Entertainment Weekly, “We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato’s song ‘Stars.'”
Revisit the tracks in question, below: