The band’s lead singer, Will Loomis, alleges that Jessie J’s biggest Stateside hit has a few striking similarities to portions of the band’s own 2008 track. He is suing not only Jessie, but also Universal Music Group, Lava Records and Universal Republic Records. “Mr. Loomis never consented to the use of his song,” lawyer Chris Arledge wrote in a statement to Billboard. “And we look forward to obtaining an appropriate remedy from the court for this clear infringement.”
In April, Loomis uploaded a video of the band’s song with Jessie’s vocals laid on it, but the clip has since been removed on “copyright grounds.” However, a music video for “Bright Red Chords” remains online, allowing fans to determine if Loomis has a case against the British songstress.
Reps for Jessie J and producer Dr. Luke had not responded to MTV News’ request for comment by press time.
“Domino” is featured on Jessie’s debut studio album, Who You Are, which dropped last year. It features songwriting and production credits from A-listers like Dr. Luke, Claude Kelly, Max Martin and Cirkut. “Domino” reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 24 weeks on the chart.
“People have heard ‘Domino’ and said, ‘It’s nothing like you.’ But I’m like, ‘Well, the album’s really eclectic anyway, and I never go into the studio and say, ‘I wanna do another song that’s like “Price Tag” or another song like “Do It Like a Dude,” ‘ ” Jessie told MTV’s Buzzworthy blog last year. “I listened to a lot of Whitney [Houston] and Prince … and we kinda just wanted to write a song that’s timeless, that’s fun and uplifting.”
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