Posted by Bossip Staff
African singer MANU DIBANGO has filed suit against MICHAEL JACKSON and RIHANNA, accusing the pair of stealing a hook from one of his songs.
The 75-year-old singer, who hails from the Republic of Cameroon, claims his 1972 song Soul Makossa was used by Jackson for his hit track Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ from his 1982 album Thriller.
Jackson had reportedly reached a financial settlement with Dibango after accepting he used parts of the song, reports the Associated Press.
But the issue was revisited when pop singer Rihanna obtained Jackson’s permission to use the melody on her Grammy-nominated single Please Don’t Stop the Music – failing to contact Dibango too.
According to court documents filed in Paris, France on Tuesday (03Feb09), Dibango is seeking $650,330 (500,000 Euros/£464,520) in damages.
His lawyers have also asked the courts to block record labels Sony BMG, EMI and Warner from receiving any income from the songs until courts settle the issue. French judges will decide on 17 February (09) if Dibango’s case will be heard.
What is it with these greedy ass recording stars withholding stacks from sound originators? Li’l Miss Sunshine & The Thriller better stop foolin’ around and break old dude off properly gotdammit.