Ariana Grande is being sued for copyright infringement over her mega-hit ‘7 Rings’. The 26-year-old pop superstar and her label Universal Music Corp. are headed to court after hip-hop star DOT – whose real name is Josh Stone – accused the ‘Thank U, Next’ hitmaker of ripping off the chorus to his 2017 track, ‘You Need I Got It’. The claim, which was filed at a US District Court in New York on Thursday (16.01.20), alleges that ‘7 Rings’ co-producer Tommy Brown had heard DOT’s track and had lifted parts of the chorus and used them on Ariana’s song
The chorus for the latter’s track is: “I want it / I got it / I want it / I got it,” whilst DOT’s track uses the line: “”You need it / I got it / You want It / I got It.” DOT employed two forensic musicologists who identified that the tracks share the same “rhythm” and “identical notes and lyrics placement”. The court documents state that: “Literally, every single one of the 39 respective notes of ‘7 Rings’ is identical with the 39 notes of ‘I Got It’ from a metrical placement perspective.