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Charlie Wilson Sues EMI, Heineken Over Use of Snoop’s “Beautiful”

snoop.jpgCharlie Wilson, lead singer of funk group The Gap Band, recently filed suit in Manhattan federal court against record label EMI and Heineken over what he says is the unauthorized use of his vocals in a beer commercial. According to Reuters, Wilson claims that he never granted Heineken permission to use Snoop Dogg’s smash hit “Beautiful”—which features vocals from himself and Pharrell Williams—in a commercial for their Premium Light Beer. The suit states that Capitol Records, the U.S. arm of EMI, without proper permission, licensed portions of the recording. Wilson also charges that EMI never paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits from “Beautiful” and “You’ve Got What I Want,” which also features his vocals alongside Snoop, Ludacris, Jelly Roll and Goldie Loc.

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