Rick Ross Is Suing LMFAO Over “Party Rock Anthem” Lyrics
Rick Ross doesn’t take artists stealing his lyrics kindly.
The Maybach Music leader is suing LMFAO for copyright infringement, stating the catchy lyric from their 2010 hit “Party Rock Anthem” is very similar to Ross’ single “Hustlin.” The duo uses “Everday I’m shufflin’” that rips off “Everyday I’m hustln’.”
The lawsuit claims:
“The use of ‘Hustlin” in ‘Party Rock Anthem’ is readily apparent, despite the slight change from ‘Everyday I’m hustlin’. . . ‘to ‘Everyday I’m shufflin’. . . ” and constitutes, inter alia, the creation of an unauthorized derivative work. To boot, the suit, which was filed in a Florida federal court, states that LMFAO’s performance of the lyric is similar to Ross’ making it “an obvious attempt to capitalize on the fame and success of ‘Hustlin.'”
Ross and “Hustlin’” co-composer Jermaine Jackson are seeking an injunction and maximum statutory damages from LMFAO. Although no figures have been revealed, the amount could be quite substantial considering the song sold 7.5 million copies to date. It is also used in a variety of shows, video games, advertisements, and the phrase has been plastered on items apart of LMFAO’s Party Rock Clothing line.
[via Hollywood Reporter]