Singer Ariana Grande has recently been issued a lawsuit over her 2015 single “One Last Time”. Alex Greggs, who filed the suit, claims that Grande’s song was copied from his 2012 single “Takes All Night”, which he wrote for Skye Stevens. Listed as defendants for the lawsuit is esteemed DJ artist David Guetta who wrote “One Last Time”, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, Republic Records, and Universal Music Group.
Greggs claims that the similarity between his “Takes All Night” and “One Last Time” are so striking that he assumes it was highly unlikely that they were created independently from one another. Greggs also claims that during the chorus of “One Last Time” the harmonic background is the same as his “Takes All Night” song for sixteen measures of the repeating chorus. Alex Greggs wants to settle the lawsuit for 150,000 dollars for each infringement.
The lawsuit claims that although the rhythm of the two songs may differ to accommodate the subject matter of the lyrics, the two songs share the same rhythmic placement of pitches on the strongest harmonic and melodic beats. The lawsuit also states that the final lyrics “takes (or taking) you home” is a nod to Alex Greggs’s song.
This isn’t the first time Ariana Grande has faced legal issues over her songs. In 2013, Grande was sued for a lyric phrase “The Way” after Minder Music reported that her song was copying a line from 1972’s “Troglodyte” song.
Just a few days ago, popstar Demi Lovato was being sued by band Sleigh Bells for infringement. The band mates claimed Lovato’s 2015 hit single “Stars” copied their 2010 track “Infinity Guitars”.
Greggs is known from writing songs for other famous musicians like Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, and deceased musician Michael Jackson. Greggs reportedly wants to get a cut out of the profits from “One Last Time” of the lawsuit reaches a settlement, since the single was listed as number 13 in 2015’s top music charts.
Ariana Grande has yet to comment on the possible copyright infringement claims.