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Lana Del Rey says Radiohead is suing her; Graham Coxon & Owen Pallett respond

Lana Del Rey at Terminal 5
Lana Del Rey at Terminal 5 in 2017 (more by Amanda M Hatfield)

If you’ve heard Lana Del Rey‘s great 2017 album Lust for Life, you may have noticed that its closing track “Get Free” sounds a lot like Radiohead‘s “Creep.” Rumors had been circulating that Radiohead were suing Lana over the similarities, and Lana took to Twitter to confirm it. She wrote, “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 also talked about it on stage during her ongoing tour, saying “regardless of what happens in court,” she is “still going to strive” for the “sentiments” of that song. “even if that song is not on future physical releases of the record.” Watch:

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As NME points out, others — including Blur guitarist Graham Coxon — responded to the controversy by reminding the public that Radiohead themselves were already sued for the similarities between “Creep” and The Hollies’ “The Air That I Breathe,” which resulted in Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood receiving co-writing credits and a percentage of the song’s royalties.

BBC also points to an Owen Pallett tweet suggesting we should go through Radiohead’s catalog to see what other songs they ripped off:

Though he later added that “this just might be their lawyers being lawyers.”

Listen to “Get Free” below:

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