The US musician says the band are considering legal action over alleged similarities to her song ‘Get Free’ and the band’s 1992 hit ‘Creep’
Yesterday (January 7) reports surfaced saying that Radiohead were considering taking Del Rey to court, with the US musician comfirming the news on Twitter, stating that the song – credited to Del Rey, Rick Nowels, and Kieron Menzies as co-writers – was not consciously copying “Creep”, and that Radiohead are asking for 100% of its publishing royalties.
“It’s true about the lawsuit,” she wrote. “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.”
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
Complicating matters is the fact that Radiohead were themselves sued over the similarities between “Creep” and The Hollies’ 1974 song “The Air That I Breathe”. That lawsuit resulted in an out-of-court settlement and “The Air That I Breathe” songwriters Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood being credited as co-writers of “Creep”.
A source told The Sun that “both teams are trying to thrash it out behind the scenes to prevent it from going to court... It’s understood that Radiohead’s team are hoping for the band to either receive compensation or be credited on the list of songwriters to receive royalties.”
Do you hear the similarities? Listen to “Get Free” and “Creep” below and judge for yourselves.