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Nicki Minaj Sued By Chicago Artist Over “Starships”

Seems like “Starships” weren’t meant to fly after all.

Moving on, Nicki Minaj is being served by Chicago artist Clive Tanaka who is claiming that Minaj and her team ripped off one of his songs to produce her smash hit “Starships”.

His track, which is called “Neu Chicago”, has a catchy, beach-reminiscent vibe and it previous appeared on his 2010 album Jet Set Siempre 1 as a dance track.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Tanaka is stating in his lawsuit that his popular track received thousands of online streams and quite a bit of airplay in the US way before Minaj’s song had come out. The song was apparently also used in a bunch of commercials in Sweden. He’s using this bit of information to highlight the fact that a couple of people on Minaj’s creative happen to be Swedish citizens. Therefore, they most likely had a chance to hear his song previously.

He’s naming the following people in the lawsuit: Minaj, producer RedOne, and songwriters Carl Falk, Wayne Hector, and Rami Yacoub.

If you’re still a bit skeptical about his claim, you can hear his track and Nicki’s track below:

Yeah…that sounds pretty familiar.

I’d say that this is probably a case of sampling or whatever, but even then, Tanaka should have been approached about it prior to the song’s inception.

So, it seems that the “Starships” star might be paying up after all.

But what say you? Do you think this is just a coincidence? Let me know in the comments!

 

Sources: MSN News, The Boombox

Images From: Snapcracklepop.net

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