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Plagiarism: English singer Rick Astley sues American rapper

Plagiarism: English singer Rick Astley sues American rapper

Famous English singer Rick Astley has launched a lawsuit against American rapper Yung Gravy, claiming that the latter has plagiarized his famous song from the 1980s, I will never abandon you.

In its lawsuit, Astley argues that the song Betty (get money)launched in summer 2022, is based on the voice he took at the heart of his famous song, by violating the principle of the right to personality.

According to him, Betty (get money)which rose to 30e rank of the 100 Best Songs of 2022, “closely mimics the distinctive vocals Astley used to achieve his 1987 hit.”

“In an effort to capitalize on the immense popularity and benevolence of Mr. Astley, the defendants […] conspired to add a deliberate and almost indistinct imitation of Mr. Astley’s voice throughout the song,” the singer’s lawyers told the media.

“The audience couldn’t tell the difference. His impersonation is so successful that people really thought it was Mr. Astley singing.”

The complaint was presented on January 26 in a court located in Los Angeles.

For his part, Yung Gravy explained that he discussed the song beforehand with Rick Astley, before it was released. This version of the facts is denied by the principal concerned.

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