Pop star Justin Bieber and his collaborator Skrillex are getting sued. The singer White Hinterland (aka Casey Dienel) has reportedly filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the duo, claiming that they stole a vocal hook from her song “Ring the Bell” for their hit single “Sorry.”
And, as you can hear in the two videos below, she might have a case. The lawsuit centers around the “unique characteristics of the female vocal riff” which are heard throughout both songs, including the very beginnings.
The writers, producers, and performers of “Sorry” did not obtain a license for this exploitation of my work, nor did they obtain or seek my permission … After this post, I intend to leave the subject matter of the lawsuit in the hands of my lawyers and the legal system. However, because I do not take the act of suing lightly, I want to take this opportunity to briefly explain my decision to those of you who are connected to me through family, friendship, and music.
Creating original and unique music is my life’s passion, but it is challenging and time consuming. I poured my blood, sweat, and tears into writing and producing “Ring the Bell” …
Like most artists that sample music, Bieber could have licensed my song for use in “Sorry.” But he chose not to contact me. After the release of “Sorry,” my lawyers sent Bieber a letter regarding the infringement, but Bieber’s team again chose to ignore me. I offered Bieber’s team an opportunity to have a private dialogue about the infringement, but they refused to even acknowledge my claim, despite the obviousness of the sample.
UPDATE: Skrillex has responded to the allegations on this Twitter profile. The video shows what he says is the origins of the sample, which, according to clip, were recorded as part of the original sessions for the song.
The man who just took home the awards for Top Male Artist and Top Social Media Artist at the Billboard Music Awards has some strong opinions about awards shows themselves.
After the show this week, Justin Bieber took to Instagram to explained why he looked so bummed out during the broadcast. And, honestly, he sounds both enlightened about and jaded by the whole celebrity experience.
He wrote (in part):
I don't know about these award shows … I don't feel good when I'm there nor after. I try to think of it as a celebration but can't help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance. A lot of people in the audience there to be seem worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with…
These award shows seem so hollow. I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really? Because when I look in the audience I see a bunch of fake smiles so that when the camera hits them they look happy.
He said that he’s concerned the whole show seems like it’s celebrating the wrong things.
I'm getting awarded for the things that I'm doing and not for who I am which is understandable I know it would probably be hard to calculate and award someone's spirit lol.
But When I do get these awards the temptation of putting my worth in what I do is so hard to fight!!!I am privileged and honored to be recognized by my peers in but in these settings I can't feel the recognition. There's an authenticity missing that I crave! And I wonder does anybody else.
It’s not the first time Bieber’s been blunt about the spiritual trappings of being a young celebrity. Back in March, he told the Mirror that there’s a real danger in a culture that worships celebrities: “I would really suggest to people, ‘Don’t put your faith in me’. Because I’m gonna disappoint you every time … I just want people to know humans aren’t meant to be worshipped. We’re just not. So when a human is being worshipped, this is dangerous. ’Cause it does nothing but give you pride.”
The 22-year-old pop star has also been increasingly open about his own personal faith, telling Complex that his goal is to be more Christ-like: “I just wanna honestly live like Jesus. Not be Jesus—I could never—I don’t want that to come across weird. He created a pretty awesome template of how to love people and how to be gracious and kind. If you believe it, he died for our sins.”
A day before the post calling out award shows, he posted another image to Instagram: A screen shot of Bethel Music’s “No Longer Slaves” playing on his iPhone with the caption, “This song puts my heart and soul at ease.” It’s not the first time he’s discussed the song. Over the summer, he said it was one of the top three songs played on his iPhone.
Get ready for a trip back to 16. Seven years and thousands of tears since their last album was released, Chris Carrabba’s Dashboard Confessional has released a new song. And, just in case you’re wondering, “May” sounds like the songs that made so many millennials—including Taylor Swift—such big fans during the band's early-2000s emo glory days.
The former Further Seems Forever frontman told EW that he’s been working on some new songs, and a new Dashboard Confessional album may even be in the works:
I don’t have any idea of a release date or a worry about one for that matter. But I’m really excited to be doing it because I don’t think it’s ever felt this much like the beginning again.
This is the week you’ve all been waiting for. On the new podcast, we sit down for an extended interview with DC Talk’s Kevin Max, hear songs from his new album “Playing Games with the Shadow,” hear about what it’s like to be a part of Christian music’s biggest band and learn the story behind the band’s upcoming cruise reunion. The gang also tries to figure out Vince Vaughn’s extremely awkward Liberty University commencement “speech,” we discuss the dangers of binge watching and much, much more. Don’t miss this one. Read More
We finally have a quality video of The Lone Bellow and The Blind Boys of Alabama performing together at the Eaux Claires Music Festival last year, which released this week in the lead up to this summer’s festival.
The lyrics to the soulful ballad from Then Came the Morning—which was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner—read like a spiritual hymn: Watch over us / Watch over us / When my hands are tired / When my strength is gone
Last spring, the band talked to RELEVANT about recording the album that focuses on finding beauty in everyday life,“I think the real challenge in making something worthwhile is in the celebration of the mundane and finding beauty in the 24-hour period of a day.”
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