A backup singer named Ahmad Javon Lane claims “XO” copies his song “XOXO. Specifically, Lane claims he shared “XOXO” with a backup singer for Beyoncé and that Terius “the-Dream” Nash, one of the songwriters credited with “XO,” sings a melody from “XOXO” on the Beyoncé track. ” The hand-written lawsuit, filed on August 20 and pointed out today by TMZ, asks a federal court judge in New York to award Lane at least $3 million.
It isn’t clear from the lawsuit exactly where in the song the-Dream is allegedly borrowing from “XOXO,” and the similarity is hardly obvious to this listener. The suit names Beyoncé, her company Parkwood Entertainment and her label home Columbia Records. According to the case docket, the most recent development was the mailing, on October 31, of forms directing the U.S. Marshals Service to serve Beyoncé the legal papers.
Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s husband Jay Z, along with Watch the Throne partner Kanye West and collaborator Frank Ocean, have been hit with a new lawsuit over their 2011 song “Made in America.” New York-based musician Joel McDonald sued the trio earlier this year claiming the track infringed on his own 2010 song. According to TMZ, McDonald has now taken the case to federal court. The thematic similarities here are a bit easier to notice.
Whatever the merits of the cases, pop’s power couple can likely afford them. A new Forbes list names Beyoncé as 2014′s top-earning woman in music, estimating her take at $115 million for just 12 months. Made in America, indeed.
Listen to the various tracks in question below and judge for yourself.