Cynical, dark and somber tones of rattling nihilism in artistically thematic music that sings with poignancy, British rockers Radiohead used to have complete control of that corner of the music market until Lana Del Rey burst onto the pop scene with withering aplomb. Now, however, the band are suing her for aping them a little too closely.
However, it's not for encroaching too close on their stylistic territory but rather for her track Get Free sounding a little too much like their breakthrough single Creep. Over the weekend it was rumored the British band was taking the American singer to court over the matter, something that Del Rey has confirmed via the microblogging social media site Twitter when she tweeted:
"It’s true about the lawsuit. Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing - I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court."
The allegations are most likely to be based on the chord progression in the song's respective verses however this may well not be Radiohead's personal issue but rather their lawyer's just being extremely proactive as the chord progression I-III-IV-iv is hardly unique to their back catalogue and could well see them legally challenged by many artists on the same basis.
However, Radiohead themselves were successfully sued by The Hollies over Creep's similarities to The Air That I Breathe and Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood of the latter band are now listed as co-writers for the song, and split royalties with the Radiohead. The band are yet to respond to Del Rey's comments.
You can listen to the two songs below and compare for yourself.
Creep by Radiohead
Get Free by Lana Del Rey