WANTS HIS CREDIT: Producer Jermaine Dupri has accused R&B singer Ciara, right, of copying two of his tracks in her new single, I Bet
JERMAINE DUPRI has accused R&B singer Ciara of copying two of his tracks in her new single, I Bet.
In an interview with AP, the famed producer weighed in on the highly publicised verdict over Robin Thicke and Pharell’s 2013 smash hit Blurred Lines.
The legal battle concluded with a $7.4 million payout to the family of Marvin Gaye after a court ruled that the song copied Gaye's 1977 track Got To Give It Up.
Dupri expressed sympathy for both parties before going on to say there he felt a startling similarity between a hit he co-wrote more than a decade ago and Ciara’s latest assault on the musical charts.
"Ciara's new single is a complete rip-off of Usher's U Got It Bad," Dupri said. "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. It might not be as evident as the Blurred Lines situation, but I believe the same thing happened to me."
Dupri said he, Usher and producer Bryan-Michael Cox all noticed the similarities immediately. He also added that I Bet also sounded like R&B singer Tamia's Still, another song he produced.
The 42-year-old said he plans to contact Ciara and the producers of I Bet, which was released in January and has peaked at No. 27 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart, and ask that he, Cox and Usher be properly credited.
Dupri’s catalogue of hits includes production on Usher’s 2004 album, Confessions and the mastermind behind the reprisal of Mariah Carey’s career in 2005.
He has overseen the careers for acts including Kris Kross, Bow Wow, Da Brat and R&B groups Xscape and Jagged Edge, said whenever he had thoughts of releasing a song without properly giving credit to an older tune, his label stepped in.
"It's crazy because I've tried to get away with records like that, where I was influenced by something, and the record company wouldn't budge; they wouldn't put the record out until I got whatever they thought they heard in the song cleared. That's the most amazing part about this whole case to me, period," he said.
"I'm sure now people are really going to really be paying a lot more attention to it."