Lana Del Rey in a legal battle with Radiohead over 'Copyright Dispute'

Danny Woods
January 10, 2018

A spokesman for Radiohead's publisher Warner/Chappell Music has acknowledged that the publishers have "been in discussions" with Lana Del Rey's representatives about her 2017 song "Get Free" over its alleged compositional similarities to Radiohead's own 1993 hit "Creep".

NME has approached the press representatives of both Radiohead and Lana Del Rey for further comment. This week, anonymously sourced reports claimed that the band was planning on suing Lana Del Rey over the song, which Del Rey seemed to confirm in a tweet.

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A spokesperson said: "As Radiohead's music publisher, it's true that we've been in discussions since August of a year ago with Lana Del Rey's representatives". Radiohead meanwhile, ditched their original Brit Pop sounds as exemplified by "Creep", and reinvented themselves after lead singer Thom Yorke got really, really inspired by the IDM put out by influential electronic record label Warp. "So we will deal with it in court".

Del Rey doubled-down on her claims at a concert in Denver, telling fans that "Get Free" might not be included on future physical versions of Lust for Life. The distinct melody, on the other hand, might be where Radiohead is taking issue - and where Lana might be in some trouble. So, this could mean that depending on the outcome of this situation, Hammond and Hazlewood could potentially also receive songwriting credits on "Get Free". Radiohead's "Pablo Honey" album, which includes the disputed track, now credits Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood (who wrote "The Air That I Breathe") as co-writers of "Creep". She said that she had offered the band as much as 40% of publishing rights in the song, despite not agreeing that her song rips off theirs.

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