Radiohead Isn't Suing Lana Del Rey Over 'Get Free' But Wants 'Creep' Similarities Acknowledged
A representative for Radiohead set the record straight that there is no legal case filed against Lana Del Rey contrary to what she alleged that the band is suing her for copyright infringement over her song "Get Free."
On Tuesday, Jan.9, a representative for Warner/Chappell, Radiohead's music publisher, released a statement confirming that discussions have been made with Del Ray's representatives over the matter. The rep acknowledged the compositional similarities between Del Ray's "Get Free" and the band's 1993 hit song "Creep."
"As Radiohead's music publisher, it's true that we've been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey's representatives," the spokesperson said.
On Monday, Jan. 8, Del Ray tweeted that Radiohead is suing her over the similarities of her song "Get Free" with the band's "Creep." She also mentioned that the band is not willing to accept 40 percent of the money she makes out of the single from her album Lust for Life. Instead, they want 100 percent.
However, Radiohead's music publisher denied the singer's claims. Instead, what the band wants is recognition. The publishers want that all writers of "Creep" get their recognition in the "Get Free" credits, similar to when Radiohead gave songwriters Mike Hazelwood and Albert Hammond publishing credits for "Creep."
Hammond and Hazelwood also sued the band over similarities between "Creep" and "The Air That I Breathe," a 1972 hit song they wrote for the Hollies. As a result, the band also had to give the duo percentage of the song's royalties.
The spokesperson also denied that Radiohead is suing Del Ray for copyright infringement. This means that "Get Free" remains in Del Ray's album. The singer previously mentioned during a concert that the alleged lawsuit could result to her song being removed from Lust for Life.
"It's clear that the verses of 'Get Free' use musical elements found in the verses of 'Creep' and we've requested that this be acknowledged in favor of all writers of 'Creep.' To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they 'will only accept 100 percent' of the publishing of 'Get Free,'" Warner/Chappell's spokesperson added.
A representative for Radiohead said that the band has no further comment, while Del Rey's representative has yet to release a comment. The singer herself has also not addressed the publisher's statement. Her latest tweet is about her canceling her Kansas show because she has come down with the flu and that tickets will be refunded.