The band accuse Lovato of unlawfully sampling their music on her 2015 song, "Stars"

By Jordan Runtagh
August 23, 2016 01:05 PM
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Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller of the Brooklyn electro-pop band Sleigh Bells are suing Demi Lovato for copyright infringement. The pair allege that Lovato’s 2015 track “Stars” includes an unlicensed sample of their own “Infinity Guitars.”

According to court documents filed Monday, Sleigh Bells claims that the songs are “virtually identical content” that “transcend the realm of coincidence.”

“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,” the suit continues.

Sleigh Bells seek both “substantial profit” as well as “a permanent injunction prohibiting the reproduction, distribution, sale, public performance or other use or exploitation of ‘Infinity Guitars.'”

The controversy first came to light last November, when Sleigh Bells tweeted at Lovato. “@Demi Lovato flattered you guys sampled Infinity Guitars & Riot Rhythm for “Stars” but we were not contacted. Gotta clear those.”

Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk – the song’s producers who are also named in the suit – denied the accusation in a statement to Rolling Stone.

“We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato’s song Stars. Demi was also not involved with the production. She only wrote the top line.”

Reps for both Lovato and Sleigh Bells did not immediately return request for comment.