Justin Bieber and country-pop duo Dan + Shay are being sued for allegedly plagiarizing their hit single 10,000 Hours. The lawsuit alleges that the core portion of the 2019 track came from the plaintiff’s song “The First Time Baby Is A Holiday.” It was written in 1973 by Palmer Rakes and Frank Fioravanti but published by Asia Luckey in 2014.
International Manufacturing Concepts, Inc., the company that is said to own the rights to the song, is now suing. Musicologists have found striking similarities “in up to 47 sequences of notes,” the lawsuit said. And explain: “Without the plaintiff’s song, there would be no ‘10,000 Hours’.” It was so striking that the track “could never have been created independently”.
Last year, Bieber and the country duo won a Grammy for the song. The plaintiff’s demands now are: an injunction to stop future distribution of the track, a cash payment, and official recognition of the song.
In the USA there are always allegations of plagiarism: pop icon Dua Lipa has had two court cases because “Levitating” is said to have copied other songs. Katy Perry recently won her appeal in a plagiarism case against Dark Horse, and Ed Sheeran was acquitted of allegations that parts of Shape of You were plagiarized.