Former backup singer, Ahmad Lane, has reportedly sued 33-year-old Beyonce, requesting $7 million in damages for stealing his music for her hit song, ‘XO‘, according to court documents published on Saturday by Radar Online. You can read the court documents HERE!
In the ongoing case, Beyonce’s lawyers have been working to dismiss the lawsuit, saying Ahmad’s claims are ‘vague and cryptic.’
Queen Bey explained to the court the two tracks don’t even sound a little bit alike, and she mentioned that she does not have any need to steal his music since she has “17 Grammy awards and 118 million records sold.”
“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 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.
Knowles’ attorney has asked the court to listen to the man’s song and compare it to hers and states that if anyone was to listen to both they would find the two works don’t share any, “melodic content and there is no meaningful similarity in pitch series, rhythm or rhythmic patterns, melodic development or structure”
Also, Knowles’ attorney states:
“The two songs are distinct from a thematic perspective” with the man’s song describing the narrator’s romantic and sexual feelings towards a new lover. His song features lyrics talking about “being horny” and “wanting to love every inch of the lover’s body,” while her song is a “celebration of love and life, emphasizing the importance of living in the present with a loved one ‘before our time has run out.’”
Knowles is asking the court to dismiss the $7 million dollar lawsuit and that the background singer be awarded nothing.