Lady Gaga is being accused of plagiarizing the melody of her Oscar-winning song “Shallow” from the movie A Star is Born.
Unknown singer, Steve Ronsen, is threatening a multi-million dollar lawsuit over a few notes he claims were copied from his 2012 song, “Almost.”
Ronsens’s song had fewer than 300 streams on SoundCloud before reports came out. According to Page Six, Ronsen and his attorney Mark D. Shirian are asking for “millions and millions” of dollars in a settlement.
“Lady Gaga is outraged by these false claims and will not back down in any way,” a source told Us Weekly.
Gaga’s lawyer Orin Snyder denied the copyright accusations. “Mr. Ronsen and his lawyer are trying to make easy money off the back of a successful artist. It is shameful and wrong,” he told Us. “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.”
“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,” Shirian said in a statement to Us on Thursday. “Lady Gaga’s team has yet to provide my office with an opposing musicologist report, which we have requested multiple times.”