Radiohead is suing singer Lana Del Rey, claiming her song “Get Free” is a ripoff of their 1992 hit “Creep.”
Del Rey confirmed in a tweet that she was facing a lawsuit:
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.
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) January 7, 2018
The songs share a similar — though common — chord progression.
Radiohead previously faced a lawsuit over “Creep” due to similarities with The Hollies’ 1974 song “The Air That I Breathe,” which was written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. The songs also shared a similar chord progression.
After an out-of-court settlement, Hammond and Hazlewood were listed as co-writers of “Creep” on Radiohead’s Pablo Honey album, Pitchfork reported. Radiohead also had to pay royalties to The Hollies.
Radiohead got sued by The Hollies, because creep was a rip off of the air that I breathe. Now Radiohead are suing Lana Del Rey for ripping off creep.
It's like suing someone for breaking the window of the house you're squatting in.
— Gareth Icke (@garethicke) January 7, 2018
You can compare Del Rey’s “Get Free” and Radiohead’s “Creep” below: