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'Stars' vs. 'Infinity Guitars': Demi Lovato sued by Sleigh Bells over sound-alike song


Singer Demi Lovato was sued Monday after indie rock band Sleigh Bells said her song "Stars" is just a little bit too similar to its song "Infinity Guitars."

WATCH:  For reference, here's "Stars," which came out in 2015.

WATCH:  Here's "Infinity Guitars," which was released in 2010.

Both songs have similar rhythms (listen to the bass drum and clapping). And they're similarly distorted. 

Did Demi Lovato's team rip off Sleigh Bells?

Sleigh Bells actually called out Lovato for this back in 2015.

Sleigh Bells - Riot Rhythm

And a third song: "Riot Rhythm"

Here's the other song mentioned in Sleigh Bells' tweet, "Riot Rhythm," which wasn't named in the lawsuit but mentioned in the tweet.

That's probably good for Sleigh Bells' legal team, since it doesn't sound close to "Stars."

Three quarter beats and a rest

Producers Carl Frank and Rami Yacoub are named in the suit as well as Lovato and her label's parent company, UMG Recordings.

"The combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as three quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps, is at least substantially similar in both works," the lawsuit reads, calling the beats "virtually identical."

Lovato's producers denied sampling either song.

WATCH:  Earlier this summer, Led Zeppelin won a lengthy lawsuit claiming it had stolen "Stairway to Heaven" from Spirit's song "Taurus." 

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