Radiohead Haven't Sued Lana Del Rey, Publishers Say

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Reports recently suggested that Del Rey has been accused of copying elements of Radiohead's 1993 hit "Creep" on her "Lust For Life" album track "Get Free".

Lana Del Rey, who has released 5 major albums and a handful of EPs, is best known for her songs "Summertime Sadness", "Young and Beautiful" (which was used as soundtrack for the 2013 film version of "The Great Gatsby"), and "Love", among others.

Taking to Twitter yesterday, Lana Del Rey announced the details of the lawsuit.

"As Radiohead's music publisher, it's true that we've been in discussions since August of past year with Lana Del Rey's representatives", a spokesman for the company said (via The New York Times). "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". "So we will deal with it in court". The band was said to want songwriting credit, money or both.

So, technically, if the Radiohead camp go its way, the band, Hazlewoord and Hammond would be credited as co-writers of "Get Free" alongside Del Rey and co-writers Rick Nowels and Kieron Menzie.

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Radiohead themselves were sued by songwriters Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood over Creep's similarity to The Hollies' 1974 track The Air That I Breathe.

"The irony of this is that Radiohead doesn't even completely own "Creep"," he explains. 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.

Musician Owen Pallett observed that Radiohead's allegations are most likely to be based on the chord progression in the song's respective verses.

It has to be said, there are similarities between the two songs.

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