Last year, indie rock duo Sleigh Bells sued popstar Demi Lovato for allegedly using samples from their 2010 track “Infinity Guitars” without their knowledge on her song “Stars” off her 2015 album “Confident”.
The duo claims Lovato’s song has some of the same bass drum and hand-clap rhythms they previously used for their own number.
According to a report by Billboard, Lovato has reached a settlement with the band although the terms of the settlement have not been released.
The complaint was filed in April 2016 saying the similarities “transcend the realm of coincidence.” The lawsuit reads: “A comparison of the two songs reveals that, at the very least, the combination of the hand-claps and bass drum, structured as three quarter beats and a rest, with the works… This infringing material reports throughout the defendant’s song.”
Sleigh Bells took to Twitter back in 2015 to accuse Lovato of copying snippets of their song, saying they are “flattered” but they “were not contacted” about the samples.
Lovato’s representatives released a statement at the time of the accusation, “We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato’s song ‘Stars’. Demi was also not involved with the production. She only wrote the top line.”