Nicki Minaj and Company Sued Over Hit “Starships”

A musician is suing Nicki Minaj for copyright infringement over her chart-topping hit single "Starships." Clive Tanaka filed the lawsuit against the "High School" rapper, producer RedOne and songwriters Carl Falk, Wayne Hector and Rami Yacoub, claiming they copied ''substantial portions'' of his song "Neu Chicago."

Tanaka's attorney Christopher Niro filed the legal documents in a Chicago court on Wednesday (Sept 11), and claims RedOne, Carl and Rami, who have all lived in neighboring Sweden, may have heard the song play on two major television adverts in Scandinavia. The song also amassed 150K listens on Youtube.

'We believe [the songs] are similar to the point that it is nearly impossible for it to be a coincidence,'' Niro told the Chicago Tribune.

Clive is seeking profits from the song's earnings and compensation for damage to his "professional reputation and goodwill."

See for yourself if the songs are similar. Thoughts?

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