Warner/Chappell responds to Radiohead and Lana Del Rey lawsuit reports

Nick Sanchez
January 10, 2018

The singer warned that her song, "Get Free", may be removed from her "Lust For Life" album as a result of a plagiarism claim by the band.

Lana Del Rey, known for her spacey musical compositions that have featured collaborations from hip-hop superstars like The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti, is in a whole bunch of trouble with the attorneys representing living musical legends Radiohead.

"It's true about the lawsuit", Ms. Del Rey wrote on Twitter.

"As Radiohead's music publisher, it's true that we've been in discussions since August of a year ago with Lana Del Rey's representatives", the spokesperson wrote to Spin.

"To set the record straight", the statement continues, "no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they "will only accept 100 %' of the publishing of 'Get Free".

Radiohead themselves were sued by songwriters Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood over Creep's similarity to The Hollies' 1974 track The Air That I Breathe.

It may have been an irresistible headline: Radiohead sues Lana Del Rey!

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars added the writers of The Gap Band's Ooops Upside Your Head to the credits of Uptown Funk; while on Sam Smith's Stay With Me in 2014. So, this could mean that depending on the outcome of this situation, Hammond and Hazlewood could potentially also receive songwriting credits on "Get Free".

It has to be said, there are similarities between the two songs.

Some songs resemble their inspiration more than others, though.

Addressing the dispute in a tweet posted over the weekend, Lana claimed that Radiohead's legal team would only accept a deal for 100 per cent of the song's royalties. She said that she had offered the band as much as 40% of publishing rights in the song, despite not agreeing that her song rips off theirs.

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