Lady Gaga is reportedly facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit after being accused of ripping off Shallow from an unknown singer.
Steve Ronsen claims the 33-year-old stole the hook for her A Star Is Born hit from the three-note melody – G, A, B – in his 2012 song, Almost, which he posted on Soundcloud.
Ronsen is apparently asking for ‘millions and millions’ in a settlement request that Gaga’s team dismissed as a ‘brazen shakedown’, according to Page Six. His lawyer Mark D. Shirian claimed he gave Gaga’s legal team a report months ago from a musicologist and professor who ‘determined that there are significant tempo, melodic, rhythmic and harmonic similarities between the two “hooks” of the songs at issue’.
Lady Gaga’s team argued that the three-note melody is a common and has featured in multiple recordings dating back decades, including the 1978 Kansas song Dust In The Wind.
Gaga’s attorney, Orin Snyder, accused Ronsen of trying to ‘make easy money’ and branded his claims ‘shameful and wrong’.
“Mr Ronsen and his lawyer are trying to make easy money off the back of a successful artist. It is shameful and wrong,” she said.
“I applaud Lady Gaga for having the courage and integrity to stand up on behalf of successful artists who find themselves on the receiving end of such [claims].”
She went on:
“Should Mr Shirian proceed with this case, Lady Gaga will fight it vigorously and will prevail.”
Nine-time Grammy winner Gaga – real name Stefani Germanotta – penned the song with Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt.
Shallow, which was her first number one hit since her 2011 track Born This Way, won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and two Grammys.
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