Demi Lovato Facing Legal Action From Indie Band Sleigh Bells


BURBANK, CA - APRIL 14: Clear Channel presents an exclusive performance with Demi Lovato as part of the iHeartRadio Live series at the iHeartRadio Theater on April 14, 2014 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

Demi Lovato is entering a legal battle with indie rock powerhouse Sleigh Bells, who claim that the pop star and her producers infringed their song “Infinity Guitars” for Lovato’s “Stars” off her most recent record, Confident.

Sleigh Bells originally made note of the comparisons between the two tracks last year, when the duo Tweeted out: “Flattered you guys sampled Infinity Guitars and Riot Rhythm for Stars but we were not contacted. Gotta clear those.”

Naturally, producers of Lovato’s track, Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub, denied the allegations, saying that no samples were made in creation of the song. Now, however, the band is taking the next step and bringing the claims to court.

A complaint that was filed this week names Lovato, Falk, and Yacoub in the lawsuit. It states the two songs “transcend the realm of coincidence” and that “the infringing material repeats throughout the Defendants’ song.” The document delves deeper into the actual similarities of the songs, too, explaining that “the combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps, is at least substantially similar in both works.”

Demi Lovato is currently on the Future Now tour with fellow pop star Nick Jonas and supporting the release of her new single, “Body Say.” We’re unsure of how this new lawsuit will ultimately play out, but we’ll definitely keep you posted once we hear more.

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