Chris Brown and Drake are the latest artists to be sued for copyright infringement on one of their hit songs in their case, the 2019 single “No Guidance”, which has peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Ranked Tuesday in U District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the lawsuit alleges that Brown, Drake and their various collaborators on the track (which appeared on Brown’s 2019 Indigo album and featured starring Drake) raised various lyrical and melodic elements of “I Love Your Dress,” a 2016 song performed by claimant Braindon Cooper (portraying himself as Mr. Cooper) and produced by claimant Timothy Valentine (credited on the track under the name of Drum’N Skillz).
In the complaint, Cooper and Valentine accuse Brown, Drake and their “No Guidance” associates of stealing several items from “I Love Your Dress”, including the hook text “she got it; she has it” in “I Love Your Dress “. Dress “against”, you understood it, my daughter; you have it ‘in’ No Guidance along with the primary scale notes and a’ distinctive sound effect described as’ a click from the pitch and a vocal effect through which the primary vocal parts seem to have been. accelerated to a high register and added to double / echo the primary vocal part. “According to the complaint, the plaintiffs consulted” highly respected musicology experts “to determine the similarities between the two pieces.” Certainly any comparative analysis of rhythm, lyrics, chorus, rhythmic structure, metric positioning and from the narrative context shows that “No Guidance” was copied or derived primarily from “I Love Your Dress”, one reads in the lawsuit brought by lawyer Neil.
Solomon of McLaughlin and Stern in West Palm Beach, Florida. The lawsuit notes that “I Love Your Dress” first became available to the public on SoundCloud in July 2016, nearly three years before the release of “No Guidance”. And in black and white. Cooper, Valentine and Signature SKillz Entertainment (the company behind “I Love Your Dress”) seek actual and punitive damages, 50% of the publication and income derived from “No Guidance”, full accounting of all financial records of the defendants involved in the song, pre- and post-trial interest and legal fees.
“No Guidance” also reached No. 1 on the RandB / HipHop Airplay, U. Adult RandB Songs, and U. Rhythmic Billboard charts and received a nomination for Best RandB Song at the 2020 Grammys. The song’s official music video recorded more of 374 million views. on YouTube, while the complaint notes that its main hook and refrain were used in advertisements for “various products and / or services”. In order to establish a more direct line between Cooper and Valentine and the “No Guidance” team, the lawsuit notes that in early March 2019, Mic Tee an AandR representative with close ties to the former label Drake Cash Money Records and his associate artist. management company, AMAG Collectiv contacted Cooper, allegedly “to discuss Cooper’s musical talents.”
Following this conversation, Cooper sent Tee an email through his marketers with a link to My Black and White Life. Tee then asked Cooper if he had any unreleased music to send “likely so that Mic Tee and / or his associates could use that music with minimal risk of subsequent infringement complaints,” the complaint states. Although Cooper never submitted any other songs, he “was wary of the interaction” after hearing for the first time “No Guide,” which was released in June 2019, several months later. To further establish that the “No Guidance” team had access to “I Love Your Dress”, the complaint adds that during the time that “No Guidance” was written and recorded, Brown was “in close and regular contact” with the founder of Cash Money. Bryan Williams (a Birdman) in their work as co-producers and co-stars of the film She Ball. “Other social and business connections between and between Mic Tee, Cash Money Records, AMAG, Brown and Drake abound,” the complaint continues, “and another finding will likely support the claim that the defendants have accessed and actually heard.
Opera, so they incorporated key elements of it when creating No Guide “. and they asked for monetary relief in a letter sent through their lawyers on December 15, 2020, but they claim the letter was ignored.
“The complaint filed by our office speaks for itself and we would like to encourage anyone interested to read the allegations set out in their entirety,” said McLaughlin and Stern attorney Chester Ostrowski, who represents Cooper and Valentine in the ‘case, in a statement sent to Billboard. “The point of the complaint, however, is that the defendants copied the plaintiffs’ original song.
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