Radiohead publisher refutes Lana Del Rey lawsuit claims
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Radiohead‘s publishing company, Warner/Chappell, has issued a statement refuting Lana Del Rey‘s claim that the band has filed a lawsuit over alleged similarities between her song “Get Free” and Radiohead’s 1993 hit “Creep.” The statement acknowledges that the publisher has been in discussions about the track with representatives for Del Rey, adding, “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 favor 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 percent’ of the publishing of ‘Get Free.'”
Reports of a lawsuit first surfaced on Sunday (January 7th) in several British tabloids, leading Del Rey to tweet, “It’s true about the lawsuit. Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by ‘Creep,’ Radiohead feel it was and want 100 percent of the publishing — I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100.”
- Not long after posting the tweet, Del Rey said during a concert in Denver that “Get Free” could end up being removed from future pressings of her album Lust For Life if Radiohead won its alleged claim against her.
- Reps for Del Rey did not immediately respond to Rolling Stone when asked to comment on the Warner/Chappell statement.
- Radiohead itself was sued over “Creep” years ago by songwriters Albert Hammond and Mike Hazelwood, who claimed it was similar to their 1972 song “The Air That I Breathe,” which was recorded by the Hollies.
- As a result, Radiohead were forced to give Hammond — father of Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. — and Hazelwood songwriting credits and an unspecified percentage of the song’s royalties. It is not clear whether the duo could also have a case against Del Rey.