Lizzo is publicly denying allegations that she plagiarized the opening line of her smash hit “Truth Hurts,” saying the song “is my life, and its words are my truth.”
On Wednesday, the singer and rapper responded to claims that she failed to credit the original writer of the refrain “I just took a DNA test / Turns out I’m 100 percent that bitch.” On Twitter and Instagram, she wrote: “As I’ve shared before, in 2017, while working on a demo, I saw a meme that resonated with me, a meme that made me feel like 100% that bitch. I sang that line in the demo, and I later used the line in Truth Hurts.”
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British musician Mina Lioness has claimed credit for the line, pointing to a tweet she posted in February 2017, and on Wednesday was finally recognized for her contribution.
I want to publicly thank @Lizzo and her entire management team for embracing me and reaching out.
— Legendina (@MinaLioness) October 23, 2019
But three other men also claim credit for the lyrics and Lizzo is screaming boy bye. On Wednesday she filed legal docs in federal court asking a judge to declare 3 songwriters — Justin, Jeremiah and Yves Rothman — have no right to her “Truth Hurts” profits.
One of the songwriters — Justin Raisen — has claimed he cowrote a song called “Healthy” with Lizzo last year. He claims Lizzo lifted the signature lyric, “I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch” from “Healthy.”
“The men who now claim a piece of Truth Hurts did not help me write any part of the song,” she explained on social media. “They had nothing to do with the line or how I chose to sing it. There was no one in the room when I wrote Truth Hurts, except me, Ricky Reed, and my tears.”
Unfortunately this isn’t the only plagarism claim Lizzo has been hit with in recent days. Over the weekend, 90s dance music singer CeCe Peniston claimed that Lizzo’s song “Juice” contains ad-libs from her 1992 hit, “Finally.”
In an Instagram post, Peniston provided videos of both songs, which she insists use the same ad-libs in the choruses. While indicating that she loves Lizzo’s music, Peniston wrote that “this is a clear example of #copyrightinfringement.”
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@bendaworld sent me this video and this is a clear example of #copyrightinfringement Cece Peniston versus @lizzobeeating y’all check this out and btw I love her music #tbt #juice #absolutvodka #finally #thetea #royalties #atlanticrecords #umpg #lizzo #lizzojuice #intellectualproperty …video contains footage from @absolute_vodka
Honestly they do sound REALLY similar. We think Lizzo should just cough up Cece’s coins before she slaps her with a lawsuit.
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