In a lawsuit filed Thursday, hip-hop artist Josh Stone claims that the chorus of Ariana Grande’s Grammy-nominated song “7 Rings” is taken almost entirely from his song “You Need I Got it,” according to Variety.
The suit names Grande, several music publishing companies such as Universal Music Corporation, as well as the song’s co-songwriter-producers, Thomas Lee Brown, Charles Michael Anderson, Michael David Foster, Taylor Monet Parks, Kimberly Anne Krysiuk, Victoria Monet McCants, and Njomza Vitia, according to Billboard.
Stone claims Brown had showed interested in collaborating with him on “You Need I Got It” back when the song was being produced in 2017, but, Stone alleges, Brown took the song and used it to make “7 Rings,” according to CNN.
The lawsuit claims “the rhythm and placement of the notes and lyrics are identical,” according to Fox News.
According to CNN, the song acknowledges borrowing from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s song from “The Sound Of Music,” “My Favorite Things.” But the 10-person songwriter list does not include Stone.
“This lawsuit is about protecting artists and their work. Josh’s song was taken and used without his consent, without his knowledge and without a license,” Stone’s lawyer, Tamir Young, told Fox News. ”People made a LOT of money on Josh’s work. And that is wrong. It is copyright infringement.”
Grande, Brown, Universal Music Corp., and any of their attorneys have yet to make a statement, according to CNN.
The song, released just over a year ago, has already made more than $10 million, according to the suit, Variety reports.