Wow, that “Blurred Lines” copyright infringement case has artists all over voicing their concerns over artistic expression.
Songwriter/producer Jermaine Dupri is the latest artist, saying he understands both sides of the argument; he acknowledges he’s been influenced by other artists in his work, but he would also like to be credited for others whom he’s inspire…like Ciara and her new single “I Bet,” which was produced by Harmony Samuels and Chris “TEK” O’Ryan. JD says he thinks her single sounds like Usher’s “U Got It Bad,” which was produced and co-produced by he and Bryan-Michael Cox.
In an interview with Billboard last week, JD said, “Younger producers like myself and Pharrell, we make records that are influenced by other records that are out there. That’s how hip-hop has always been created — it has some kind of element of something (from) the past. Or sometimes we just take the entire sample and we give the artist the credit for that sample.”
He continued, “Ciara’s new single is a complete rip-off of Usher’s “U Got It Bad.” I’m clear on what I made and I’m clear on how music influences people and I’m clear on chord changes and how people move things,” Dupri said. “It might not be as evident as the ‘Blurred Lines’ situation, but I believe the same thing happened to me.”
Dupri says he will reach out to Ciara and her team about the matter soon.
There ARE similarities in each song, but a “rip off?” I don’t know about all that. Listen to both songs below and sound of below: