We're eight days into the new year and we've already got the first possible big music feud of 2018 on our hands.
Alternative rock behemoths Radiohead are reportedly suing dream pop darling Lana Del Rey for copying their 1992 sleeper hit, Creep. The verses of Del Rey's 'Get Free', off her 2017 album, Lust For Life, sounds eerily similar to 'Creep', leading the band to reach out to the pop star's legal team.
Del Rey has confirmed the rumors in a tweet, noting that her team has offered Radiohead a 40% cut of all 'Get Free' publishing. However, Radiohead's legal team has allegedly declined the offer, and will only settle for 100%. Del Rey has announced that she will deal with the issue in court.
It’s true about the lawsuit. Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing - I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) January 7, 2018
The general consensus of the internet is that Del Rey is guilty of copyright infringement, which explains why she readily offered a settlement to Radiohead's legal team. But Twitter users have already had a field day with it, especially with the fact that Radiohead were accused of the same thing, with the same song, by soft rock band The Hollies with their 70s radio hit, 'The Air That I Breathe'.
Radiohead suing Lana Del Rey for ripping off their song “Oi Mate, Me Computer’s Sad, Innit?”— pixelated boat (@pixelatedboat) January 7, 2018
Radiohead got sued by The Hollies, because creep was a rip off of the air that I breathe. Now Radiohead are suing Lana Del Rey for ripping off creep.— Gareth Icke (@garethicke) January 7, 2018
It's like suing someone for breaking the window of the house you're squatting in.
Lana was also quick to address the situation at a concert in Denver, Colorado.
She dragged G-Eazy AND Radiohead tonight i love her pic.twitter.com/XQ9YXN6pkr— han (@HannahHyIton) January 8, 2018
Check out Lana Del Rey's 'Get Free' and Radiohead's 'Creep', compared below, to decide for yourself.