Gwen Stefani is being sued by her former hairstylist, Richard Morrill, for – wait for it- vicarious copyright infringement and civil theft. This is regarding her 2014 song, “Spark The Fire”.
Morrill, best known for his stint in early 1990s band LAPD – which later morphed into Korn, claims that the song has an almost identical chorus to a song he wrote in 1996 called “Who’s Got My Lightah”.
Morrill says that the chorus of his 1996 track went “Who’s got my lightah? Going to find ya – who’s got my lightah? I’m right behind ya”; while a 2009 rework he wrote went “Who’s got my lightah? Who got the fire? Who’s got my lightah? Who’s got my little lightah?” And, in case you wondered, the word ‘fire’ was pronounced ‘fi-ya’.
The Stefani and Williams track? Well, its chorus went “Who got the lighter? Let’s spark the fire – who got the lighter? Let’s spark the fire”. And how was ‘fire’ pronounced in that song? Yep, you guessed it – it was pronounced ‘fi-ya’. Coincidence? Read more…
“Spark The Fire” was produced by Pharrell Williams who is also included in the lawsuit together with Interscope.
Apparently, Stefani heard the song one day while she was at a salon in California where Morrill worked after leaving LAPD. He then claims he gave the No Doubt singer a CD that had the track on it.
Now he is asking for a credit on the Stefani track, a share of the profits and some damages.
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