Usher accused of stealing his hit 'Burn' from another songwriter

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Nearly seven years after his 2004 smash “Burn” topped the Billboard charts, R&B superstar Usher is facing accusations that he stole the track, according to Billboard.com.

In August, a California federal judge found sufficient evidence that Usher and co-producer Jermaine Dupri had access to songwriter Ernest Lee Straughter’s 1998 track “Reasons,” and accepted a musicologist’s report that pointed out substantial similarities between the two.

As Billboard reports, an expert testifying on behalf of Straughter showed that both tracks “shared measurable similarities, including a ‘highly unusual’ 18-bar introduction, musical instruments that enter at the exact same bars, similar guitar and vocal stylings, the pitches and phrasings of certain melodies, and other compositional congruity.”

The possible link between Usher and Dupri and Straughter? Warren G, who had collaborated with both parties, though not on these specific songs.

The judge will consider several arguments put forth by the defense; if she chooses to pass, the case will now likely go in front of a jury.

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  • JJ

    If someone had capped on music I wrote, I would’ve been raising hell before their song was even released, not wait seven years to make a stink about it. Why is this just coming to light now? And doesn’t copyright law recognize statute limitations?

    • Acaseofgeo

      JJ it sounds to me as if this has been in the works for a while. It would take a bit of detective work and gathering of experts to reach those types of conclusions. However, it does seem as though this should’ve come to light several years earlier than this. “Burn” was quite a huge hit and I’m sure if someone had written something almost identical to it, that person probably listened to either Top 40 or R & B and would’ve recognized it years ago.

  • Biker

    Lady Gaga too….and their music suck ever since.

    Bring back 80s!

  • sam

    nice picture of usher there

  • Julie

    there is no statue of limitation on plagiarism. copywrite only turns into public domain after many many many years.. Someone really messed up big time!

  • NonEntity

    All of Top 40 music sounds like it was plagiarized. All the dance tunes are generic, all of the samples are used the same way, and even the producers are recycled. R&B has the same plague. The consumers don’t care or are too stupid to care.

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