Lana Del Rey has found herself in middle of a messy lawsuit after Radiohead claimed the singer copied parts of their biggest selling hit, Creep. "Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court", she added. As far as Radiohead's publisher Warner/Chappell Music is concerned, however, this drama hasn't actually gotten legal yet.
"I do want to say there's a particular song that Radiohead want 100% of my publishing for", she began.
"As Radiohead's music publisher, it's true that we've been in discussions since August of previous year with Lana Del Rey's representatives", a spokesman for the company said in a statement. "To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they 'will only accept 100%' of the publishing of 'Get Free".
Read Lana Del Rey's original tweet below. At a concert in Denver on Sunday, Ms. Del Rey stoked the fires herself by warning that the song might disappear from "future physical releases" of her latest album, "Lust for Life". Two songs may sound similar to the untrained ear, but a musicologist may be able to show that the similarities are trivial or commonplace. Radiohead's "Pablo Honey" album, which includes the disputed track, now credits Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood (who wrote "The Air That I Breathe") as co-writers of "Creep".
"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".
"The irony of this is that Radiohead doesn't even completely own "Creep"," he explains. Ever since the estate of Marvin Gaye successfully sued over similarities between Gaye's song "Got To Give It Up", and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines", there's been an uptick in similar legal action and settlements.
Musician Owen Pallett observed that Radiohead's allegations are most likely to be based on the chord progression in the song's respective verses.