Did Demi Lovato straight-up jack some music from Sleigh Bells?
When the Brooklyn-based pop duo listens to the 24-year-old's single “Stars” they don't hear a cool feminist anthem about unapologetic partying. They instead hear the sweet sound of audio theft.
That is why band members Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller are taking Lovato to court, claiming Demi sampled from their song “Infinity Guitars” without their permission to make “Stars.”
The complaint is based on the “combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 quarter beats and a rest, with the bass drum providing a counter-rhythm to the hand claps."
I'll let you be the judge on whether or not this is a legit complaint.
Go to 1:08 to hear the riff in question.
This is the song Sleigh Bells claims Demi ripped.
Last year, Sleigh Bells tweeted their frustrations after “Stars” came out.
Demi is, of course, denying this claims. Her producers, who are also named in the suit, Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub, responded to the complaint through Lovato's reps, saying
We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato's song 'Stars.' Demi was also not involved with the production. She only wrote top line.
What do you think? Did Demi do it?