Now that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have to cough up over 7 million dollars in damages after getting the legal smack down in court from Marvin Gaye’s family over ‘Blurred Lines’, So So Def boss Jermaine Dupri is expressing his own copyright concerns to Billboard Magazine over Ciara’s new hit single ‘I Bet’ that he says is a rip-off of Usher’s ‘You Got It Bad’ and Tamia’s ‘Still’, both in which he produced. See what Dupri had to say below..
“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. And he said “I Bet” also sounds like R&B singer Tamia’s “Still,” another song he produced.
Dupri 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.
A personal representative for Ciara referred questions to a label spokeswoman. That spokeswoman did not return email and text messages seeking comment. –Billboard Magazine