Radiohead Haven't Actually Sued Lana Del Rey, Publishers Say


The singer also said that the song might be removed from the album as part of the lawsuit. As far as Radiohead's publisher Warner/Chappell Music is concerned, however, this drama hasn't actually gotten legal yet.

Addressing the dispute in a tweet posted over the weekend, Lana claimed that Radiohead's legal team would only accept a deal for 100 per cent of the song's royalties. "It's clear that the verses of "Get Free" use musical elements found in the verses of "Creep' and we've requested that this be acknowledged in favor of all writers of Creep'".

"As Radiohead's music publisher, it's true that we've been in discussions since August of previous year with Lana Del Rey's representatives".

Meanwhile, Lana has cancelled her show in Kansas City after coming down with the flu. At a concert in Denver on Sunday, Ms. Del Rey stoked the fires herself by warning that the song might disappear from "future physical releases" of her latest album, "Lust for Life".

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Here's where thing get even more complicated: Radiohead was once in a similar situation with "Creep". The distinct melody, on the other hand, might be where Radiohead is taking issue - and where Lana might be in some trouble.

Radiohead themselves were sued by songwriters Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood over Creep's similarity to The Hollies' 1974 track The Air That I Breathe.

Even if Del Rey maintains she didn't purposefully borrow the riff, Variety reports that Radiohead has a strong case. "Because back in the day they were sued over this song, because this track had a similarity to another track". She said that she had offered the band as much as 40% of publishing rights in the song, despite not agreeing that her song rips off theirs.

These situation nearly always involve only melodies and chord progressions, and not other elements, less definable, elements of songs, which would open up a whole more lawsuits.