Lana Del Rey Faces Lawsuit From Radiohead, Says 'Get Free' Wasn't Inspired By 'Creep'
Lana Del Rey and Radiohead might soon be meeting each other in court.
On Monday, Jan. 8, the California-born singer-songwriter confirmed that the iconic rock band is filing a copyright lawsuit over the similarities between "Get Free" and "Creep." She defended that, while her single from the new album, Lust For Life, was not inspired by the 1993 hit song, her team offered 40 percent of the royalties but Radiohead is demanding 100 percent. Del Rey added that the case will likely proceed to court.
"It's true about the lawsuit. Although my song wasn't inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing," she tweeted. "Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court."
Lust For Life, released in July 2017, debuted on the number one spot on Billboard 200 Album Chart. "Get Free," a single from the album, credits Del Rey as the writer with Rick Nowels and Kieron Menzies.
The Sun was first to report the lawsuit. A source who claims knowledge about the issue claimed that both parties were doing all they can to prevent the suit from going to court.
"It's understood that Radiohead's team are hoping for the band to either receive compensation or be credited on the list of songwriters to receive royalties," said the publication's unnamed insider.
Radiohead has not issued a statement as of this writing.
Funnily enough, Radiohead themselves were once embroiled in a legal battle surrounding "Creep," a single from the album, Pablo Honey.
The hit shares the same chord progression and melody with the 1972 song, "The Air That I Breathe," recorded by the band, the Hollies. Eventually, Albert Hammond (dad of Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes) and Mike Hazlewood won the lawsuit and received co-writing credits and a percentage of royalties from "Creep."
Del Rey will not be the first singer to be hit with a copyright lawsuit over similarities between songs from different artists.
A jury from Los Angeles ruled that Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" copied parts of Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up." Thicke and collaborator, Pharrell Williams, had to pay $7 million in copyright damages and profits.
Taylor Swift is also currently facing a copyright suit over her 2014 hit, "Shake It Off." Sean Hall and Nathan Butler sued the pop singer in September for similarities between the 1989 single and the song they wrote for the girl group, 3LW, in 2001 called "Playas Gon' Play."