Less than a week after Dua Lipa was hit with a copyright lawsuit over her hit song “Levitating,” the singer is facing a second lawsuit from a different set of songwriters this Friday (March 4).
According to multiple reports, a complaint was filed by songwriters L. Russell Brown and Sandy Linzer in Manhattan Federal Court, alleging that the opening melody of “Levitating” is a copy of their 1979 song “Wiggle and Giggle All Night” and the 1980 song “Don Diablo.”
“The signature melody is the most listened to and recognizable part of the infringing works and plays a crucial role in their popularity,” the lawsuit reviewed by Billboard states. “Because video creators frequently truncate the already brief snippets of sound on TikTok, the signature melody often comprises fifty percent or more of these viral videos.”
The plaintiffs claimed that Lipa has previously admitted to having “deliberately emulated prior eras” and “[taking] inspiration” from old music in order to create a “retro” sound.
“In seeking nostalgic inspiration, defendants copied plaintiffs’ creation without attribution,” Brown and Linzer’s lawyers wrote. “Defendants have levitated away plaintiffs’ intellectual property.” The case also named as defendants Warner Music Group, DaBaby and others involved in the song.
This lawsuit comes a few days after Florida-based reggae band Artikal Sound System sued Lipa for copyright infringement for allegedly stealing “Levitating” from their 2017 track “Live Your Life.” The complaint was “very short” and didn’t contain details as to exactly how Lipa had stolen the South Florida band’s song. The lawsuit alleged that “Levitating” and “Live Your Life” were so similar that it was “highly unlikely” for Lipa’s song to be “created independently.”
This Friday (March 11), Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa are dropping a new song, teasing the collaboration yesterday on social media.