Singer Ariana Grande settles lawsuit claiming she stole hit song 7 Rings
Josh Stone, a New Yorker who performs as hip-hop artiste DOT, had claimed that the beat, hook, lyrics and rhythmic structure of 7 Rings were lifted from his song You Need It, I Got It.
Ariana Grande has settled a lawsuit by a hip-hop artiste who accused the pop superstar of plagiarising her 2019 smash 7 Rings from a song he wrote two years earlier.
Josh Stone, a New Yorker who performs as DOT, revealed the settlement with Grande and 13 other defendants, including her publishers and several songwriters, in a Tuesday (Mar 16) filing in federal court in Manhattan.
Terms were not disclosed, and a judge ordered the dismissal of Stone's lawsuit because of the settlement. Lawyers for the parties did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Stone had claimed that "highly regarded musicology experts" had concluded that the beat, hook, lyrics and rhythmic structure of 7 Rings were lifted from his song You Need It, I Got It.
He said he pitched his song at meetings at Universal Music Group attended by one of Grande's producers, the defendant Tommy Brown, and was "not receiving the credit due for the success experienced by I Got It and 7 Rings."
The defendants said ordinary listeners would consider the songs "very different", and that Stone had no monopoly over everyday phrases such as "I got it".
Grande, 27, gave songwriting credit to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein for 7 Rings because it borrowed from their song My Favorite Things, from the Tony-winning Broadway musical and Oscar-winning film The Sound Of Music.
Her song spent eight weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, and its video has been seen more than 954 million times on Google's YouTube.
One of the best-selling pop artistes in the last decade, Grande as of Sunday was the second-most streamed female artiste in 2021 on Spotify, after Taylor Swift and ahead of Dua Lipa.