It seems like everytime Beyonce releases an album, there is a theft lawsuit to follow. A background dancer is suing the music superstar for $7 million over claims that she stole his music for her single, “XO.”
According to Radar Online, Ahmad Lane filed the federal lawsuit last year against Beyonce, her music company Parkwood Entertainment and record label, Columbia Records. In his suit, Ahmad claims to have worked with Beyonce’s current background singer Chrissy Collins for another artist and during their time together, he gave her a copy of his song “XO.” He alleges that Collins may have passed his song on to Beyonce.
Beyonce’s legal counsel fired back at Ahmad’s claims, calling his complaint “vague and cryptic.” In court, Beyonce also told the judge that she has no need to steal since she has “17 Grammy awards and 118 million records sold.”
The court documents state: “The two works at issue are entirely different songs that share no lyrical or musical similarity, other than perhaps the letters “X” and “O.” The documents also state that Lane never filed a “copyright registration” for his song.
The also documents claims that Lane’s description of the copyright infringement is due to the fact that Knowles’ song “allegedly copies the first four bars of an eight bar melody that is looped,” and “contains a four-note sequence that is similar to the four note sequence,” in her song.
Be the judge! Listen to Beyonce and Ahmad’s songs below and make your observation.
Beyonce – XO
Ahmad Lane – aka Javon – X.O.X.O