Sam Smith and collaborator Normani are being accused of copying their hit song Dancing With A Stranger in a lawsuit lodged this week.
The lawsuit alleges the tracks are “strikingly similar.”
So are the two songs similar or is it just a matter of pure coincidence?
Lawsuit alleges Dancing With A Stranger copied similarly named track
Sam Smith and collaborator Normani are both being named in the copyright lawsuit regarding their song Dancing With A Stranger.
The pair are being sued by songwriters Jordan Vincent, Christopher Miranda and Rosco Banlaoi.
Their suit is alleging that Sam Smith and other parties have stolen the work from their song Dancing With Strangers.
All the songs have similar titles, the suit makes allegations about the music, lyrics and video.
Documents from the suit detailed their specific complaints.
“The hook/chorus in both songs. The most significant part and artistic aspect of these works. Contains the lyrics ‘dancing with a stranger’ being sung over a nearly identical melody and musical composition.”
The suit goes on to allege further details.
“In both songs, the title, hook, chorus, lyrics, and musical composition are all the same—and are repeated throughout the song giving both songs their identities.”
In other details regarding the case, the songwriters state that the use of tone and dancers in the respective clips is also far too coincidental.
The lawsuit is seeking damages relating to the release of the song from the likes of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Group, and EMI Music Publishing.
A request to the court details that by slowing the songs down to the same BPM it is more apparent how similar they are.
There has been no public comment from Sam Smith or Normani regarding the lawsuit or allegations so far.
Can you hear the similarities?
Take a listen below to Sam Smith and Normani’s Dancing With A Stranger and Dancing With Strangers by Jordan Vincent below.
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