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Justin Bieber, Skrillex Sued Over “Sorry” Voice Sample

By Alexandra Gratereaux
Posted On May 27, 2016
Justin Bieber, Skrillex Sued Over “Sorry” Voice Sample

The Biebs might be very “Sorry” very soon for allegedly ripping off beats from another artist.

After all, keeping things on the hush-hush is never good for the soul.

According to Refinery29.com, the ghostly voice heard in Bieber’s “Sorry” is the voice of American singer Casey Dienel aka White Hinterland from her 2014 tune “Ring the Bell.”

Sadly, parts of Bieber’s “Sorry” sound so much like Dienel’s, that honesty it is eerie.

Dienel has gone ahead and filed a lawsuit against Bieber and popular EDM producer Skrillex aka Sonny John Moore, who produced the tune. In the lawsuit, Dienel and her attorney’s claim “the specific and unique characteristics of the female vocal riff” have been ripped off without permission.

Dienel wanted to explain her side of the story and why she went ahead and took legal action. She vented her frustrations in a Facebook post on her official Facebook page.

“I poured my blood, sweat, and tears into writing and producing ‘Ring the Bell,’ and I am proud of the finished product, which Rolling Stone listed as one of its ‘favorite songs, albums, and videos,’” Dienel wrote on the social media platform.

“Throughout my career, I have worked very hard to preserve my independence and creative control, thus it came as a shock to hear my work used and exploited without permission.”

To make matters worse, Dienel says her lawyers sent Bieber’s team a letter about the infringement with “Sorry” when the song first was released. Apparently, Bieber’s team blew off the letter and refused to resolve the conflict privately.

While sampling or taking portions of other artist’s music is kosher in the music industry, it does require permission, and at times, a set royalty contract before an artist can go ahead and take parts of a another artist’s song.

Whether an artist has permission or not from another to sample music, the practice itself of sampling music raises eyebrows about the lack of creativity and laziness in the music industry.

Take for instance Beyonce’s “Lemonade” album, which literally has samples of other musician’s songs throughout the entire compilation, including samples from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ezra Koening, Soulja Boy (who was a producer on the album), Andy Williams, Led Zeppelin, Animal Collective, Isaac Hayes, Kaleidoscope, Reverend R.C. Crenshaw, and Outkast. (There are others but you guys get the point.)

There is also Jennifer Lopez and producer Red One. When she revived her career with her seventh studio album “Love?” the catchy song “On the Floor” blew up as the music video debuted on American Idol, where she was a judge at the time.

Like in Bieber’s case with Dienel, the song’s melody is identical to a Peruvian group called El Cuarteto Continental, whose song “Llorando se fue” was the hit back in 1985.

Ah! And how can we forget about Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams’ “Blurred Lines” which got so much heat for allegedly being a rip off of Marvin Gaye’s song “Got To Give It Up.”

Thicke, Williams, and even rapper T.I. aka Clifford Harris Jr., got sued by Gaye’s children for copyright infringement and won. They received $7.3 million but they were still upset and went after Universal Music Group, Interscope and EMI, who settled out of court.