This Justin Timberlake Song Might've Sampled Artists Without Permission
Everyone's favorite *NSYNC-er is involved in a bit of a licensing legal jam.
Justin Randall Timberlake, first imaginary husband of many pre-pubescent '90s kids, sold three million copies of his hit “Suit & Tie” with Jay Z.
The song went on to be used in a Bud Light commercial, and Justin and Jay's official music video for the tune racked up more than 93 million views on YouTube.
Now, two members of '70s R&B group Sly, Slick and Wicked filed a lawsuit claiming Timberlake's record label paid to sample the trio's James Brown-produced song “Sho' Nuff” in JT's 2013 smooth dude anthem but never secured the rights to the trio's vocal performances in the song, TMZ reports.
The “Sho' Nuff” singers reportedly didn't see a dime for their sampled vocal performances in “Suit & Tie,” including revenue from the Bud Light ad, and are looking to be properly compensated.