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Nicki Minaj Entangled in Copyright Case Over ‘Starships’

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‘Starships,’ Nicki Minaj‘s biggest hit, is the center of a copyright infringement lawsuit filed on Tuesday (Sept 10).

Mysterious EDM producer Clive Tanaka claims his song, ‘Neu Chicago,’ was used for the electronic hook on ‘Starships.’ Tanaka claims his track had already been receiving notable airplay before ‘Starships’ dropped.

Minaj, Moroccan ‘Starships’ producer RedOne and songwriters Wayne Hector, Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub are named in the lawsuit.

The suit reasons that ‘Neu Chicago’ was being played in TV commercials and radios in Sweden, which is where the ‘Starships’ songwriters may have been living at the time.

The lawsuit is the second of its kind to be focused on a huge mainstream hit these past few months. Robin Thicke and Marvin Gaye‘s estate also disputed after the latter claimed that ‘Blurred Lines’ stole from Gaye and funk band Funkadelic’s instrumentals.

Minaj’s camp and Tanaka weren’t available for comment about the allegations. The former slammed Ransom last month for claiming he ghostwrote for her, however, so it’s possible we could get a comment from Minaj soon.

Listen to Clive Tanaka’s ‘Neu Chicago’

Watch Nicki Minaj’s ‘Starships’ Video

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