John Legend Sued for Jacking Another Artist’s Song

8 Jul

A New Jersey singer-songwriter claims that Legend ripped off one of his tracks for a song on his 2006 album “Once Again.”

Singer-songwriter Anthony Stokes has filed suit againstJohn Legend, claiming that the Grammy-winning ivory tickler listened to his demo tape and modeled a song after one of his tracks.

The suit, filed in New Jersey, claims that Legend watched Stokes give a performance at UNC in 2004. Following the gig, Stokes gave Legend his demo tape with the promise that he would listen to it, but never heard back.

But in 2006, Stokes heard the song “Maxine’s Interlude” off of Legend’s Once Again and realized that it ripped off his track “Where Are You Now?”

Stokes is suing Legend for unspecified damages and is attempting to block Legend from selling the track.

 

HipHopDx contributed to this report.

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