Shenseea & Interscope Records Hit With $10 Million Lawsuit
Written by 1.02010 on March 21, 2022
Shenseea and her record label, Interscope Records, are being sued for $10 million for alleged copyright infringement over “Lick”.
The sexual content of “Lick” is not the only thing causing controversy for Shenseea as the singer in the height of enjoying her debut album ‘ALPHA’ being released, has been hit with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit by an artist claiming to be the copyright owner of the song which “Lick” samples.
According to the new lawsuit, “Work,” is a song “written, produced, and performed by the plaintiff, Anastas Hackett, and registered with the United States Copyright Office. Defendants Chinseea Linda Lee, Interscope Records, Atal Music, and Alexandre Escolier, the credited purported writers of the song “Lick,” and other defendants, copied and exploited, without authorization or credit, the “Work” composition.”
The filing explains that Nas-T wrote, produced, and recorded the song “Work” in 1999 with Denise Belfon, which enjoyed wide commercial success in the United States and Trinidad. He goes on to say that in September of 2021, Atal Music and Alexander wrote to him regarding the clearing of samples for Shenseea to use on her new hit single “Lick”. Shenseea wanted to use “Work” (Hackett/Taitt) in a new copyright work entitled “Lick” by using the 8-second vocal sample of the phrase “put your back in it”, which is found in the intro @ 0:00-0:08 and in the outro @ 2:23-2:31 of the new work; and a 14-second re-sing of the same phrase (“put your back in it”), which is heard 6x in each chorus in the song.
The lawsuit says that Hackett withheld his consent for the use of the song “because of the inadequate terms offered by the defendant(s)”, and they nevertheless persisted and sampled the song.