Songwriter Steve Ronsen has said that Lady Gaga copied one of his songs when she wrote “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”.
Ronsen’s claim is that a three-note progression that lands on the lyrics “I’m falling” and “longing for change” were copied from his song “Almost” in 2012.
The songwriter is asking for “millions and millions” in settlement according to Page Six.
“It was brought to my attention by many people that the ‘Shallow’ song sounds like mine. I did not seek this out, I haven’t even seen the movie (I heard it’s pretty good),” Ronsen says in a statement to ET. “I admire Lady Gaga and I just want to get to the bottom of this. There are other writers that wrote the ‘Shallow’ song, including Mark Ronson. I have secured a musicologist who also agrees that the songs are similar. I am simply going about this how anyone else would investigate any possible infringement.”
Gaga’s lawyer, Orin Snyder, calls the claim “shameful and wrong” in a released statement.
“Mr Ronsen and his lawyer are trying to make easy money off the back of a successful artist. It is shameful and wrong,” he said.
“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.”
Ronsen’s lawyer, Mark D. Shirian said in a statement on Thursday, “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.”
Experts who reviewed the songs have told US Weekly that no similarities could be found between the two songs and that the note combination is so “common” it can be traced back “from centuries ago.”
You can listen to the two songs below and let us know if you hear the similarity.
No official lawsuit has been filed at this time.
Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt wrote the Grammy and Academy Award-winning song that the songstress and Bradley Cooper performed in “A Star Is Born”.