After a week of rumors that pointed to a new musical lawsuit on the horizon, spooky songstress Lana Del Rey has confirmed Radiohead is in the process of suing her for copyright infringement. This alleged infringement stems from Del Rey’s song “Get Free” — off her newest album Lust for Life — which the band believes to be far too sonically similar to their hit song “Creep.” As a result, they’re asking for a lot of money. “It’s true about the lawsuit,” Del Rey wrote on Twitter this afternoon. “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.”
A court date has yet to go on the public record, as has any statement from Radiohead. In the meantime, listen to the two songs below and decide for yourself if it’s worth thousands of dollars in legal fees.
Update, January 9: Radiohead’s publisher Warner/Chappel has denied formally suing Lana Del Rey, saying in a statement to Vulture that negotiations are ongoing. They say the band are also not demanding 100 percent of the song’s publishing rights, as Del Rey has claimed:
“As Radiohead’s music publisher, it’s true that we’ve been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey’s representatives. It’s clear that the verses of ‘Get Free’ use musical elements found in the verses of ‘Creep’ and we’ve requested that this be acknowledged in favour of all writers of ‘Creep’. To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they “will only accept 100%” of the publishing of ‘Get Free.’”