Donna Summer’s Estate Claims Kanye West Used Sample Without Permission
Donna Summer's estate has accused Kanye West of sampling her music without permission.
The "Stronger" rapper is said to have used an unauthorized interpolation of the late singer's 1977 hit "I Feel Love" on "Good (Don't Die)," which features on his and Ty Dolla $ign's newly-released joint album Vultures 1.
The song features the lyrics “Oh, I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive” seemingly set to the melody of the classic track from the Queen of Disco, who died in 2012 aged 63.
A statement shared to the Instagram Story for Donna's account said: “Kanye West… asked permission to use Donna Summer’s song I Feel Love, he was denied… he changed the words, had someone re sing it or used AI but it’s I Feel Love… copyright infringement!!!"
The statement comes after Kanye was blasted by Ozzy Osbourne, who accused him of sampling Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" on the album without permission.
Ozzy fumed on X: ".@kanyewest ASKED PERMISSION TO SAMPLE A SECTION OF A 1983 LIVE PERFORMANCE OF 'WAR PIGS' FROM THE US FESTIVAL WITHOUT VOCALS WAS REFUSED PERMISSION BECAUSE HE IS AN ANTISEMITE AND HAS CAUSED UNTOLD HEARTACHE TO MANY. HE WENT AHEAD AND USED THE SAMPLE ANYWAY AT HIS ALBUM LISTENING PARTY LAST NIGHT. I WANT NO ASSOCIATION WITH THIS MAN!"
His wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, later added on her own account: “The Osbourne family have never wanted any association with Kanye West. He is an anti-Semitic fool who spews his rhetoric out into the world, Kanye you [messed] with the wrong dude this time. Sincerely, Sharon Osbourne.”
Although the 75-year-old rocker said permission was requested for "War Pigs," the song he seemed to use at his Chicago listening party was "Iron Man."
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