5:26 pm - 04/28/2012

Selena Gomez Named in Million Dollar Lawsuit

Selena Gomez, Disney starlet and girlfriend of Justin Bieber, has been named in a million dollar lawsuit involving the chorus of her 2010 hit song “A Year Without Rain.”

Plaintiffs Tom Luce, Brian Kroll, Lawrence Riggs and Matt Blackett, of the band Luce, claim the tune is “virtually identical” to their 2005 song “Buy a Dog” which appeared on the group’s second album “Never Ending.”

Gomez, 19, who starred in the Disney Channel series, “The Wizards of Waverly Place,” performed the song with her band, Selena Gomez & The Scene, also named as a defendant in the case, which was filed in the San Francisco Superior Court.

Courthouse News Service reports the complaint states that "The melodies in the chorus of both songs are virtually identical," and that the tune "was a No. 1 record on several radio stations around the United States, including WRLT in Nashville and KFOG in San Francisco, at both of which it was among the 10 most played records for the entire year of 2005".

"A Year Without Rain" was also released as a single in Spanish (“Un Ano Sin Lluvia”).

Gomez made further headlines in February when she attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on the arm of Bieber, ending months of speculation over whether or not the pair are a couple.

In 2009, Gomez was appointed a UNICEF ambassador, making her the youngest ambassador for the charity in the United States. Gomez’ reps have yet to comment on the lawsuit.

"A Year Without Rain" is a song by American band Selena Gomez & the Scene. It was written by Lindy Robbins and Toby Gad, with the latter also producing the song. Tovy Gad has also produced tracks for Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato (Skyscraper).

preparatory 28th-Apr-2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
if she didn't write the song, wouldn't the suit be against the writers?
lisaswondering 29th-Apr-2012 04:42 am (UTC)
as an artist, your responsible of having those kind of things checked out (usually by managers, whoever is in your team etc), especially if she makes money off the song...
DippersTV 28th-Apr-2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
that song sounds NOTHING like A Year Without Rain
mysterytours 28th-Apr-2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
it it does sound a lot like it, but it isn't like their song is original to begin with... it sounds p generic to me.

and anyway the blood of music is thievery. /downwithcopyrightlaw
teenagedreamxxx 28th-Apr-2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
They trying it. She didn't write the song so....

Edited at 2012-04-28 06:07 pm (UTC)
wendilili 28th-Apr-2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
The songs chorus sound exactly the same.
acciomileycyrus 28th-Apr-2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
ia and they should sue her ass
ex_teenidle549 28th-Apr-2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
not surprising
carolmp15 28th-Apr-2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
The chorus sound alike, but just that.
And btw shouldn't Toby Gad be sued for that? I mean he's the one who wrote it.
theoracle9 28th-Apr-2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
Lawsuits like these gotta be the most common out there, not sure why this one got picked up by the media. In most cases the artists are probably not even aware of it. It's on the record label, I would think.

Anywhoo, a bunch of nobodies just trying to increase their collection of plaid shirts and loafers. Good luck getting that money, lolz.

Edited at 2012-04-28 06:11 pm (UTC)
maria678 28th-Apr-2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
Commenting in a Selena post again I see. And again, a pointless contribution. How about we all collect pennies to try to get you a .. Hmm, life?
stolemyheartx 28th-Apr-2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
The melody of the chorus definitely sounds the same but I don't think it's similar enough to sue.
watch_mex0x0 28th-Apr-2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
maria678 28th-Apr-2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
RME. "also named as a defendant in the case".
Defendant, look it up.
pyt0_0 28th-Apr-2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
cantfink 28th-Apr-2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
I don't think it sounds similar enough for a case. Also, this won't touch Selena, she took no credits of writing the song, did she?
davidbeckham 28th-Apr-2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
go figure
jaksan 28th-Apr-2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
kind of reaching aren't ya? i'd have to strain my ears to make the two songs sound the same
pyt0_0 28th-Apr-2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
omgggg i love kimbra
mschatterboxxx 28th-Apr-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
The melody sounds similar in some parts but I don't think that is enough to get a case?

Most songs nowadays have a similar melody imo. "California Girl" and "Tik Tok" are the best example; the choruses are very identical. "What Makes You Beautiful" uses the same melody as "Summer Nights". NBD. Her fans on Twitter and youtube are so defensive. Geez.
den772 28th-Apr-2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
IA with the case comment but "Her fans on twitter and youtube are so defensive". I'm not say they aren't but considering every fan base is the same they all have over protective stans. Gaga, bieber, Demi, Miley etc... just saying everyone will do the same when it involves the person they stan.
talklikelions 28th-Apr-2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
i love hef but its not exactly news that she rips ppl off.In this case lbr she didnt even come close to writing this song tho
acciomileycyrus 28th-Apr-2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
sigh selena gomez copying more people, what's new?
hope she gets sued tho
michaelscotch 28th-Apr-2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
The choruses absolutely sound alike, but I'm not surprised. The craziest one recently I think was the Born This Way vs. Express Yourself comparison. Madonna is clearly rich enough and didn't need to file a lawsuit but I think that one was way more obvious.
imahouseofcards 29th-Apr-2012 12:58 am (UTC)
Selena copying people is brand new info
den772 29th-Apr-2012 01:11 am (UTC)
Oh one of the Miley trolls with negative comments in ever Selena post. :) Hi
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