Songwriter accuses Lady Gaga of stealing his music for her song Shallow
The Oscar-winner is being accused of copying the popular song’s melody from a seven-year-old song by a little-known songwriter.
Lady Gaga may have sung “in the sha-ha-sha-la-la-la-low” all the way to Oscar and Grammy glory, but now a little-known songwriter is claiming it's a case of pla-gia-pla-gia-rism-ism.
According to Page Six, a songwriter named Steve Ronsen has threatened the nine-time Grammy-winner with a multi-million-dollar lawsuit that claims the melody of her song Shallow from her movie A Star Is Born was copied from a song he released in 2012.
Shallow, written by Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt won two Grammys and the Oscar for Best Original Song.
Ronsen claims Shallow’s three-note progression is based on his song Almost.
“In an effort to amicably resolve this matter months ago, my office provided Lady Gaga’s legal team, at their request, with an official report from a renowned and respected musicologist and professor who determined that there are significant tempo, melodic, rhythmic and harmonic similarities between the two ‘hooks’ of the songs at issue,” said Ronsen’s attorney Mark D Shirian in a statement to Us magazine on Aug 8.
“Lady Gaga’s team has yet to provide my office with an opposing musicologist report, which we have requested multiple times.”
Gaga’s team, however, points out that the progression is common enough to have been heard even on the 1978 track by Kansas, Dust In The Wind.
Her lawyer Orin Snyder denied the plagiarism accusations to Us magazine. “Mr Ronsen and his lawyer are trying to make easy money off the back of a successful artist. It is shameful and wrong,” he said.
“Should Mr Shirian proceed with this case, Lady Gaga will fight it vigorously and will prevail.”
According to Page Six, Ronsen appears to be a prolific working musician who released a solo album in 2012 and is now the lead singer and songwriter for a touring Nashville band.
So does Lady Gaga’s Shallow sound like Ronsen’s Almost? Take a listen and decide for yourself.
And here’s Almost: