One of the problems you face when you are this A+/A list singer and get a writing credit, but never actually wrote anything is that you can’t answer a court filing saying you never heard of someone and therefore could not have ripped off their song.
The person who actually did write the song knows the person suing very very well.
Ariana Grande Shades Rapper Accusing Her Of Stealing ‘7 Rings’
Ariana Grande is firing back at a lawsuit accusing her of ripping off one of her biggest hits and throwing a little shade in the process.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Ariana is asking a New York judge to dismiss the case brought by a songwriter named Josh Stone.
In his lawsuit, Josh said Ariana’s “7 Rings” ripped off his 2017 track “You Need It, I Got It.” In her response, Ariana denies lifting from the man’s work and wants the lawsuit dismissed.
Ariana calls the suit “baseless” and says “the melodies of these two songs are not alleged to be the same, much less substantially similar, nor are any of the musical notes or instrumentation at issue.”
The songwriter said before Ariana released her song he had a bunch of meetings with music executives. Josh claims to have had a meeting with Universal Music where he showed them the material.
Josh says he also met with a man named Tommy Brown, who has worked with Ariana on her past 5 albums. He claims Tommy told him he really liked the track.
He said he never heard back and then heard Ariana’s “7 Rings.” He filed suit for all profits made off her song and an injunction prohibiting her from continuing to sell the music. – Source