Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Rihanna Is Gettin' Sued!!!
Rihanna and Michael Jackson are being sued over using a sample without permission…
Director John Landis filed a lawsuit against the king of pop for unpaid royalties recently and now it seems there more trouble ahead.
Rihanna is being sued for using part of Jacko’s 1983 pop hit Wanna Be Startin’ Something. The track features the African chant "Mama-se, mama-sa, mama-coo-sa" which was sampled from 1973 track Soul Makossa.
The track was written and performed by Cameroonian saxophonist and vibraphone player Manu Dibango and now the 75 year old isn’t happy that the track has been used without consent… again.
Dibango reached a settlement with Michael years ago but the new lawsuit alleges that he allowed Rihanna to use part of his hit in her single 'Please Don't Stop the Music' without permission.
Lawyers for The Soul Makossa performer have asked French courts to stop record labels Sony BMG, EMI and Warner from receiving any money from the record until he wins his damages fee.