A few days ago, it was reported that Radiohead were suing Lana Del Rey for “ripping off” their song ‘Creep’, but now it seems that the band aren’t actually suing her after all, at least according to representatives of the band.
Taking to Twitter on Monday, Lana Del Rey announced the details of the lawsuit. “Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by ‘Creep’, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing,” she wrote. “I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.”
It’s true about the lawsuit. Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) January 7, 2018
Then, on Tuesday, Lana Del Rey expanded upon the case, going so far as to say that the fact that Radiohead seeking “100% of the publishing” could potentially result in the removal of the song from her album. However, Radiohead’s publisher now says that this just isn’t true.
As Pitchfork reports, a representative for Radiohead’s publishing company, Warner/Chappell, has issued a statement, refuting Lana Del Rey’s claims and saying that no lawsuit is actually in place.
“As Radiohead’s music publisher, it’s true that we’ve been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey’s representatives,” the statement begins. “It’s clear that the verses of ‘Get Free’ use musical elements found in the verses of ‘Creep’ and we’ve requested that this be acknowledged in favour of all writers of ‘Creep.'”
“To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they “will only accept 100%” of the publishing of ‘Get Free.'”
While neither Radiohead or Lana Del Rey have expanded upon this new development as yet, we can only sit and wait for some clarification about what is actually going on here.