Lana Del Rey Says 'Get Free' May Be Removed From Her Catalogue

Tomas Mccoy
January 10, 2018

"So we will deal with it in court". In a statement released to Variety, reps for the band say no lawsuit has been filed, and it's not true that they would only settle for 100 percent of publishing.

"As Radiohead's music publisher, it's true that we've been in discussions since August of previous year with Lana Del Rey's representatives", a spokesman for the company said (via The New York Times).

"Although I know my song wasn't inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing", she said.

As Pitchfork reports, Lana Del Rey addressed the crowd at her show in Denver, Colorado, where she explained the situation, and noted that the lawsuit could result in the removal of the track from physical copies of the album. "This Lana Del Rey song is way too close to what is a rather unusual set of chord changes and a very distinctive melody line".

Radiohead Deny Lana Del Rey Lawsuit

Thom Yorke and his bandmates believe Lana's track Get Free, which features on her album Lust for Life, was heavily influenced by the 1993 single. She said that she had offered the band as much as 40% of publishing rights in the song, despite not agreeing that her song rips off theirs.

"It's understood that Radiohead's team are hoping for the band to either receive compensation or be credited on the list of songwriters to receive royalties".

Radiohead were actually sued by The Hollies over Creep's resemblance to their song, The Air That I Breathe. Prior to litigation, both sides may also engage their own musicologists to study the similarities between the two compositions.

These situation nearly always involve only melodies and chord progressions, and not other elements, less definable, elements of songs, which would open up a whole more lawsuits.

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