• PK Music Performance is suing the two musicians, claiming that “a substantial part of the drum, conga drum, organ, bass guitar, electric quitter and saxophone parts ... were all copied.”
• The company is asking that no one on Timberlake or will.i.am’s teams distribute or perform the song publicly.
• This isn’t the only legal battle Timberlake is currently facing.
Justin Timberlake and will.i.am (full name William Adams) have got a lawsuit on their hands.
PK Music Performance is suing the two artists, claiming that their song "Damn Girl" (from Timberlake's 2006 "FutureSex/LoveSounds" album) is too similar to the disco track "A New Day Is Here At Last," according to TMZ. The latter was originally copyrighted back in 1969 by Perry Kibble and performed by J.C. Davis. PK Music Performance renewed the copyright license in January after Kibble's sister Janis McQuinton handed it over to them. She originally gained access to the rights after Kibble's death in 1999.
"A substantial amount of the music in 'Damn Girl' is copied from 'A New Day Is Here At Last,'" the lawsuit (obtained by People) reportedly reads. "Specifically, a substantial part of the drum, conga drum, organ, bass guitar, electric quitter and saxophone parts in 'Damn Girl,' were all copied from 'A New Day Is Here At Last.'"
You can listen to the two tracks for yourself below.
J.C. Davis - "A New Day Is Here At Last"
Justin Timberlake ft. Will.I.Am - "Damn Girl"
Since the song is already included on the former *NSYNC member's album and concert DVDs, PK Music Performance is asking that, from now on, no one on Timberlake or will.i.am's teams distribute or perform the song publicly.
The company is also reportedly asking for an undisclosed amount of money which includes an "award for actual damages," song profits and attorney fees. PK Music Performance apparently wants all known copies of the song handed over to them to be destroyed, as well.
This isn't the only legal battle Timberlake is currently facing. The singer is involved in a separate legal battle over his song "Suit & Tie," featuring Jay Z, from the "20/20 Experience."
According to TMZ, two members of Sly, Slick and Wicked filed a suit against JT's record label, Universal Music Group, claiming that "Suit & Tie" samples their song "Sho Nuff."
The band members were reportedly paid for the sample, though, as TMZ notes, the label never got the rights to their vocal performances in that song.
Sly, Slick and Wicked also claim they didn't see any money when "Suit & Tie" was licensed by Universal for a Bud Light commercial. Hip Hop Dx reports that the band members are seeking punitive damages from Universal, as well as Anheuser-Busch and others who have published and produced the song.
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