$US 1.5 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Chris Brown For Red Rat “Tight Up Skirt” Sample
Singer Chris Brown and his label Sony Music Entertainment are the subjects of a lawsuit filed against them by UK based company Greensleeves Publishing Ltd. The cause of the legal woe is a result of a claim that the lyrics of veteran Jamaican deejay Red Rat, in his 90’s hit song “Tight Up Skirt”, was used by the R&B artiste, in a song he did entitled ” Privacy”.
According to the details of the lawsuit, Chris Brown was said to have violated the “core musical feature” that started the chorus of Red Rat’s song. The R&B legend was said to have done so 18 times while changing the lyrics minutely to state “Hey you girl without a tight upskirt”.
Other claims that Greensleeves have brought up against Chris Brown and his label is that the “Tight Up Skirt” melody has a unique quality to it that was copied in riddim and style by the singer. They are also arguing that “Privacy” by the American singer, does not have a hook that would make the alleged copied part of Red Rat’s song the most impressionable.
Moving forward with the case, Greensleeves has decided that they want the US $1,500,000 in damages with the addition of interest and they plan to get their demand with the representation Of Attorney Daniel J. Aaron.
Jamaican artiste and producer Buccaneer who worked on the song “Tight Up Skirt” and other notable tracks with Red Rat was contacted about the matter, and said years ago he had licensed the track with Greensleeves Publishing Ltd. and VP records however, with the sudden lawsuit the veteran musician told Dancehall Mag who spoke to him that he will need to get an attorney to review the contracts.