Singer Lady Gaga has been accused of stealing part of her hit song “Shallow” from the “A Star Is Born” soundtrack from another songwriter.
Songwriter Steve Ronsen claimed Gaga used a three-note sequence from his song “Almost” released in 2012 to create the Oscar-winning song “Shallow” in a multi-million dollar lawsuit, according to a report published by Page Six.
“Mr. Ronsen and his lawyer are trying to make easy money off the back of a successful artist,” Gaga’s lawyer Orin Snyder said. “It is shameful and wrong. I applaud Lady Gaga for having the courage and integrity to stand up on behalf of successful artists who find themselves on the receiving end of such [claims]. Should Mr. Shirian proceed with this case, Lady Gaga will fight it vigorously and will prevail.” (RELATED: Lady Gaga Seen Kissing Audio Engineer Dan Horton)
Ronsen claimed he wrote the three-note progression, but Gaga and her team argued that the three-note progression is commonly heard in music, including in the song “Dust In The Wind” released in 1978.
I find it hard to believe that Gaga would just steal a part of a song. She’s an amazing artist and songwriter and why would she need to steal from somebody who doesn’t even have as established of a career as her?
Maybe I’m wrong and she did. In that case, she’ll have to pay up.