Tracy Chapman sues Nicki Minaj for copyright infringement

Tracy Chapman sues Nicki Minaj for stealing'Baby Can I Hold You song lailasnews

Tracy Chapman sues Nicki Minaj for stealing'Baby Can I Hold You song lailasnews

TMZ reports that Chapman believes the Queen creator stole her song "Baby Can I Hold You" for her Nas-featured single "Sorry".

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Chapman claims Minaj's people reached out to her team in June to see if she would sign off on the song.

Thus far, it isn't clear how much Chapman and her team are requesting in damages, but Chapman's representation claims Minaj's reps tried to license the song, which the singer-songwriter rejected. The song appeared on Chapman's self-titled debut album, which also included "Fast Car".

The sample featured on "Sorry" - a collaborative track with Nas.

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But Chapman alleges in the suit the rapper gave it to a disc jockey who played the song on a NY radio station and posted it to his social media accounts in August. "It was also played on "The Breakfast Club" with Charlamagne Tha God".

"The suit points out that although "Sorry" does not use Chapman's original recording, it does "[incorporate] the lyrics and vocal melody of the Composition, its most recognizable and memorable parts". In "Sorry", Minaj used a cover of "Baby Can I Hold You", Phillips says.

But on August 11, Chapman claims, Minaj leaked the song to Funkmaster Flex, who teased the song on his Instagram before playing it on HOT 97 that night, the documents allege, per The Blast.

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