Jermaine Dupri Says Ciara Ripped Off Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad’
While you may have enjoyed the balletic video Ciara's new single "I Bet," music producer Jermaine Dupri doesn't share your enthusiasm. Why? Dupri claims Ciara's new jam is a "complete rip-off" of Usher's 2001 hit "U Got It Bad."
"I'm clear on what I made and I'm clear on how music influences people and I'm clear on chord changes and how people move things," Dupri told the Associated Press. "It might not be as evident as the 'Blurred Lines' situation, but I believe the same thing happened to me."
The conversation was sparked by the "Blurred Lines" handed down on March 12. Pharrell and Thicke will be forced to pay Marvin Gaye's family $7.4 million in damages. Dupri admitted he sees both sides of the "Blurred Lines" story, and noted that "younger producers like myself and Pharrell, we make records that are influenced by other records that are out there." He then added, "We've all been in a position where it could go like this or we can give the producer the credit."
What do you think? Do you hear the similarities between Ciara's "I Bet" and Usher's quintessential early-aughts slow jam "U Got It Bad"? Compare the two below.
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