Lil Nas X, Cardi B Slapped With a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over ‘Rodeo’

The music industry is no stranger to copyright infringement lawsuits, and it seems like there’s a new one every other day. The latest lawsuit involves Lil Nas X, Cardi B, and other collaborators who are being sued by two music producers in Atlanta for copyright infringement on their hit song “Rodeo.”

Glen Keith DeMeritt III and Don Lee claim that “Rodeo” derives from a track they created in 2017 called “gwenXdonlee4-142.” The two producers allege that Lil Nas X and his collaborators did not obtain permission to use their original material in any way, and that they produced a derivative work from their track.

The lawsuit provides a rationale to back up its claims, which is already being called frivolous. The suit indicates that both songs not only use the same chord progression (E, F, G, F, E) but also the same 4-measure phrase that outlines it. It indicates as well that the two songs use similar drumbeats and instruments and possess “a substantially similar overall sound and feel.”

However, many are skeptical of the lawsuit’s claims, especially given recent high-profile copyright infringement cases like the one involving Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ “Blurred Lines.” In that case, the Marvin Gaye estate won a massive judgment against Thicke and Williams for a track that merely borrowed similar instrumentation and elements — not exact notes, structural elements, or even key signatures.

Apart from Lil Nas X and Cardi B, the lawsuit also lists Sony Music Entertainment and Take a Daytrip as co-defendants, among others. It remains to be seen how the case will unfold, and whether it will have any impact on the release of “Rodeo” as the next single off Lil Nas X’s EP “7.”

This isn’t the first copyright infringement lawsuit Lil Nas X has faced this year. In fact, he is also being sued for $25 million by California publisher The Music Force for allegedly stealing parts of their song “Carry On.” It seems like Lil Nas X’s meteoric rise to fame has brought with it a fair share of legal challenges, but only time will tell how these lawsuits will play out.

Despite the ongoing legal battles, Lil Nas X remains one of the most popular and successful artists in the music industry today. His breakout hit “Old Town Road” spent a record-breaking 19 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

It’s worth noting that copyright infringement lawsuits have become increasingly common in recent years, especially in the music industry. The rise of digital music platforms and the ease of access to music production software have made it easier than ever for artists and producers to create and distribute new music. However, this has also led to more instances of alleged copyright infringement, as artists and producers may inadvertently or intentionally use copyrighted material without permission.

The music industry has been grappling with this issue for some time, and there is no easy solution in sight. However, it’s clear that copyright law and enforcement will continue to play a role in the music industry for the foreseeable future.

In the meantime, Lil Nas X and his legal team will have to navigate these lawsuits and ensure that his music continues to be released and enjoyed by fans around the world. While the outcome of these legal battles remains uncertain, it’s clear that Lil Nas X has already made an indelible mark on the music industry and will continue to do so for years to come.

One Response

  1. Anonymous

    Lil Nas X is getting sued left and right. No type of originality!