This New Lawsuit Against Demi Lovato Has Been a Year in the Making

What started with a tweet...

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Once upon a time (November 2015), Sleigh Bells, the indie band behind "Crown on the Ground"—that infuriatingly catchy tune to which Emma Watson broke into Paris Hilton's house in Sofia Coppola's Bling Ring—called out Demi Lovato on Twitter for allegedly sampling two of their songs without permission.

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Now, the group has filed a lawsuit against Lovato for copyright infringement, claiming that the two tracks are "virtually identical content" that "transcend the realm of coincidence."

According to court documents (opens in new tab), "a comparison of the two songs reveals that, at the very least, the combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 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. This infringing material repeats throughout the Defendants' song."

An exec from Lovato's label had previously denied the charges in Rolling Stone (opens in new tab), but for now, hear for yourselves.

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Chelsea Peng
Chelsea Peng

Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.