Rihanna Sued For $650K Over Copywritten Song, Michael Jackson Named In Suit

Rihanna Sued For $650K Over Copywritten Song, Michael Jackson Named In Suit

Grammy-winning singer Rihanna has been sued for $650,000 over a portion of her mega hit song “Don’t Stop the Music.”

Both Rihanna and Michael Jackson have been named in the lawsuit.

Cameroonian singer Manu Dibango filed a lawsuit against Jackson and Rihanna at a Paris court on Tuesday (February 4), claiming they stole a hook from his song “Soul Makossa” and used it on their “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” and “Don’t Stop the Music.” French judges will decide on February 17 whether to allow the 75-year-old African’s case against the artists to be heard. (Agence France-Presse)

The “King of Pop” has reportedly received permission to use the hook.

Jackson already admitted that he used parts of Dibango’s song on his “Wanna be Startin’ Something,” and had reached a financial settlement. However, Rihanna also used parts of his song on her 2007 single saying she obtained Jackson’s permission to use the melody on her song, but apparently, she did not contact the original artist. (All Headline News)

Dibango has now requested record label action until the case is heard later this month.

Until the matter is adjudicated, however, his attorneys are asking the court to block Sony BMG, EMI and Warner from profiting off the contested songs. (E! Online)

Rihanna’s hit record performed well on the Billboard charts.

Originally planned as the 3rd pop single release from the album Good Girl Gone Bad, “Don’t Stop the Music” was held back in favor of the Ne-Yo duet “Hate That I Love You.” Meanwhile, “Don’t Stop the Music” went on to top the Billboard dance charts as well as hit #1 on a number of pop singles charts across Europe. As US pop radio began looking for a 4th Rihanna single from the album, this song could no longer be held back. (Def Jam)

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