Courtroom Barbie: Nicki Minaj Sued For Allegedly Stealing “Starships” From Chicago Artist

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Did Nicki steal one of her biggest hits?

Nicki Minaj Sued For Copyright Infringement

Via Chicago Tribune:

Pop star Nicki Minaj burned up dance floors last summer with her hit song “Starships,” which set a Billboard record for its stretch of 21 consecutive weeks in the Top 10.

Clive Tanaka, meanwhile, is an underground artist who has cloaked himself in mystery. While his meticulously crafted electronic music has won accolades, he’s never performed in public. His fans don’t know his real name or even where he hails from.

Now Tanaka, in a lawsuit filed under the name of his company, is accusing the Trinidad-born Minaj of stealing from his 2011 song “Neu Chicago” to create the electro-pop hooks that drove her best-selling single.

In a copyright infringement suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago, Tanaka said Minaj and several of her “Starships” collaborators copied substantial portions of “Neu Chicago,” which Tanaka claims had already enjoyed widespread airplay in the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of listens online by the time “Starships” was written.

In addition to Minaj, the lawsuit names RedOne, whose real name is Nadir Khayat, a Moroccan producer and songwriter behind hits for stars like Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull. Also named are three other writers on “Starships,” Carl Falk, Wayne Hector and Rami Yacoub.

Check out Tanaka’s song below. Does it sound like “Starships?”

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