Lady Gaga Faces Million Dollar 'Shallow' Lawsuit From Unknown Songwriter
By Paris Close
August 9, 2019
Now, Ronsen and his attorney Mark D. Shirian are demanding "millions and millions" of dollars in a settlement for what he believes was a rip-off of his own track — precisely citing the "three-note progression that appears in 'Shallow,'" Page Six indicates.
Refusing to give in to what her team is calling a "brazen shakedown," the 33-year-old enlisted power attorney Orin Snyder, who responded to Ronsen's bold claims in a statement.
“Mr. Ronsen and his lawyer are trying to make easy money off the back of a successful artist," he said. "It is shameful and wrong. I applaud Lady Gaga for having the courage and integrity to stand up on behalf of successful artists who find themselves on the receiving end of such [claims]. Should Mr. Shirian proceed with this case, Lady Gaga will fight it vigorously and will prevail.”
In a counter statement, Shirian responded: “In an effort to amicably resolve this matter months ago, my office provided Lady Gaga’s legal team, at their request, with an official report from a renowned and respected musicologist and professor who determined that there are significant tempo, melodic, rhythmic and harmonic similarities between the two ‘hooks’ of the songs at issue. Lady Gaga’s team has yet to provide my office with an opposing musicologist report, which we have requested multiple times.”
What say you, "Shallow" lovers? Hear and compare both tracks below.
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