News: Pharrell Sued For The Clipse Song, Sample In Question
Friday, Jul 17, 2009 1:00PM
Hit maker Pharrell Williams has been sued over the "All I Wanna Do (Feel Like Me)" record he made for The Clipse.
Paperwork claims the producer-turned-rapper used an unauthorized sample of a song created a year prior to Pharrell's version.
In a federal lawsuit filed this week, Thomas Jordan of the band Geggy Tah claims the Pharrell produced track "All I Wanna Do (Feel Like Me)" is a total rip-off of the Geggy's '96 tune "Whoever You Are." The suit alleges Pharrell produced "Feel" for the rap group The Clipse -- made up of Malice and Pusha T -- back in '97 ... but the song wasn't released until 2007. Damages have not yet been specified. (TMZ)
Aside from being sued, Pharrell has been included in a four-party lawsuit over leaks in his $14 million penthouse.
The Miami developer Ugo Colombo is the defendant in a suit that claims he's to blame for leaks in a Bristol Towers penthouse he sold to recording artist Pharrell Williams for $14 million in 2007. Colombo's company built the condo, which is at 2127 Brickell Ave., Miami. The plaintiffs in the case are PW Continuum, Williams' company; the Bristol Tower Condo Association; and Hector Lopez, who owns the condo unit below the leaky penthouse. Lopez originally sued both Colombo and the condo association, but the association bought out his $525,000 case against it. (The Miami Herald)
The producer was recently selected to look over a new movie soundtrack.
Pharrell will be putting together the soundtrack for the animated film Despicable Me. The title track for the film by Pharrell leaked on the internet today (July 16). Despicable Me, which will feature a character voiced by funny man Steve Carrell, hits theaters on July 9th 2010. (Six Shot)
In addition to making the cover of Billboard Magazine recently, Pharrell weighed in on the music industry's search for talent last month.
"They do still have the power because they have the marketing dollars," he said in an interview. "And while all these great social networking sites have a lot of power, they haven't really figured out what to do with it...The last 12 to 15 years, this whole aesthetic thing has just ruined everything...It's just gotten too far. I mean, look, when I was a kid, you understand how many men were, like, balding but they were like the kings of music? It's not about that, it's not about how good your hair grows or like how strong your cheek bones are...Some of the biggest stars from the '80s and '90s weren't the best looking people in the world but they were where the talent was. Actors, actresses, musicians, artists, we gotta get back to that." (RestInBeats)