The Radiohead-Lana Del Rey Saga: No Lawsuit After All?
After the Radiohead/Lana Del Rey debacle, I am ready to conclude that the ‘Lust for Life’ singer was looking for free publicity? If you haven’t followed the controversy, let’s just say that Lana Del Rey revealed a few days ago she was sued by Radiohead over her song ‘Get Free’, because it sounded strangely close to Radiohead’s famous hit ‘Creep’.
‘It’s true about the lawsuit,’ she wrote on Twitter. ‘Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.’
She even mentioned the lawsuit at a concert in Denver on Sunday, adding that the song might disappear from future physical releases of the album
If you listen to her song, even if you don’t have a good ear for music, there’s no way that you won’t find a lot of similarities between the songs, and it’s impossible for me to imagine that her production team didn’t hear how close both songs were. ‘Creep’ may be the most well-known Radiohead song, so if Lana wanted to intentionally rip off a Radiohead song and get away with it, she could at least have picked a more obscure one. But may be she was looking for trouble from the beginning.
Ironically, Radiohead’s song was already strangely similar to The Hollies’ ‘The Air That I Breathe’ and the band has already given up some of their songs rights to the authors, Albert Hammong and Mike Hazlewood,
But on Tuesday, after a few days of silence, Radiohead’s music publisher, Warner/Chappell, made a statement confirming that credit for Radiohead was requested, but denying the lawsuit: ‘As Radiohead’s music publisher, it’s true that we’ve been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey’s representatives,’ a spokesman for the company said in a statement. ‘It’s clear that the verses of ‘Get Free’ use musical elements found in the verses of ‘Creep’ and we’ve requested that this be acknowledged in favor of all writers of ‘Creep.’ To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they ‘will only accept 100%’ of the publishing of ‘Get Free.”
So Radiohead is not asking for money? Where is the truth? Did Radiohead have any intention to sue in the first place, and did they withdraw the lawsuit when they saw all the ‘bad’ publicity they were getting on social media? Or did Lana Del Rey exaggerate the entire thing after being approached by their lawyers who have requested ‘Get Free’ be acknowledged in favor of the writers for ‘Creep’?
Remember she said they wanted 100% of the publishing, this is a bold statement, and I found very strange that she insisted that her song wasn’t inspired by the Radiohead song, because you have to be deaf to not admit a close resemblance.
At the end, Lana Del Rey claims she is sued when a lawsuit doesn’t exist, and even if she has been approached by Radiohead’s lawyers, should she have mentioned a lawsuit before the possibility of its existence? Probably not, and I guess she was looking for publicity or compassion from her fans, who are the most devoted kind on the planet to say the least.
If this theory is true, Lana proves one more time she is the diva queen she has always pretended to be, she lives for drama, and she never hesitates to add more drama into her life, even if this implies a lie or two. Obviously, fans are taking a side to defend their favorite artist with more or less ferocity — and bias apart, the Lana Del Rey fans appear the craziest of all. Articles like this one don’t particularly make their authors shine… It will be interesting to see how this story unfolds in the following days.