Alt-rock band Radiohead are taking legal action against pop singer Lana Del Rey, saying her track "Get Free," off her most recent album Lust for Life, is a copy of their widely beloved track "Creep."
According to Pitchfork, reports of the suit began circulating yesterday before Del Rey took to Twitter to issue a statement about the situation.
“It’s true about the lawsuit,” she wrote. “Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing - I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100.”
"Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court," she continued.
Pitchfork noted that the credits of the Del Rey track officially list Lana Del Rey, Rick Nowels and Kieron Menzies as co-writers.
Radiohead has not responded to requests for comments about the situation.
Radiohead has been involved in legal disputes over their music in the past, specifically over the song "Creep." They were sued by the Hollies, who noted similarities between "Creep" and their 1974 single “The Air That I Breathe,” which was written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. The groups settled out of court, after which Hammond and Hazlewood were added to the song's credits as co-writers.
You can listen to the three tracks below.
At a live performance on Sunday night, Del Rey stated that "regardless of what happens in court," she stands by the song's message of positivity. She also described the track as her "statement song" and her "personal manifesto."
"Those sentiments that I wrote, I really am still going to strive for them, even if that song is not on future physical releases of the record," she said.
Indie musician Owen Pallett (formerly known as Final Fantasy) noted that the chord progressions in the Radiohead and Lana Del Rey tracks are similar. He added that perhaps "we should go through Radiohead’s catalogue and litigate their own lifts," and noted this may be the rock band's lawyers' work and have little to do with the group's actual feelings about the material.
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