Singer-songwriter Chris Brown has just caught a lawsuit from a 90’s dancehall song.
Chris Brown’s 2017 hit “Privacy” was hit with a lawsuit from UK music publishing company Greensleeves Publishing Ltd, which owns the rights to the 90’s record, for stealing parts off the 1997 track “Tight Up Skirt” by 90’s Jamaican dancehall artist Red Rat. Not only brown, Sony Music Entertainment has also been hit with the lawsuit.
Chris Brown’s “Privacy” was released in 2017 by RCA Records as the third single from his eight studio album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon. The track is a RIAA certified multi-platinum track.
The lawsuit was filed in New York on July 2. In the court documents, the publishing company claims that “it owns and administers exclusive music publishing rights in the United States” for the 1997 track “Tight Up Skirt”. Chris Brown is alleged to have taken the “core musical feature” of the song and “use it prominently” in his 2017 hit song “Privacy”- all “without permission”.
To go even further, the legal documents also point towards the similarity in lyrics between the two songs. Red Rat’s song contains the line-
“Hey you girl inna di tight upskirt”
Brown’s song, in comparison, includes the line-
“Hey you girl without a tight upskirt.”
Greensleeves Publishing Ltd. is currently seeking over $500,000 in damages and over $1,000,000 for the “the gains, profits, and advantages [Brown and SME] have obtained as a result of their acts of copyright infringement.” The company is also currently seeking an injunction that prevents Chris Brown, his company, and Sony Music “creating, promoting, or selling “any materials that are substantially similar to the copyrighted work.”
Red Rat even talked about Chris Brown sampling his 1997 track “Tight Up Skirt” in 2017.
Red Rat shows appreciation for Chris Brown’s decision to sample his song-
“I have been getting many calls left and right from many people asking me about my thoughts regarding him sampling Tight Up Skirt, and all I can say is, ‘Give God all the glory.”
“I think that because Chris Brown, who is one of the biggest pop stars globally, feeling the need to sample a piece of Tight Up Skirt only shows how much he loves and respects Red Rat and his catalogue. It also shows how much of a fan he is to the music.”
This isn’t the first time Chris Brown has been filed for a lawsuit. This year, Brown was also sued by one of his former housekeepers. The housekeeper sued Brown by the name of Jane Doe claiming that Brown’s Caucasian Shepherd Ovcharka, Hades, attacked her in December while she was working at Brown’s Tarzana home.