A SoundCloud artist named Steve Ronsen is accusing Lady Gaga of ripping off “Shallow” from his song “Almost” and is looking for millions of dollars in court.
Gaga is “outraged” by the claims and “intends to fight it to the very end.” according to Cosmopolitan.
In an interview with Page Six, Gaga’s attorney Orin Synder called the lawsuit “a brazen shakedown,” saying, “Mr. Ronsen and his lawyer are trying to make easy money off the back of a successful artist. It is shameful and wrong. 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.”
However Ronsen’s attorney Mark D. Shirian claims to have shown Gaga’s team an “official musicologist report” that determined “that there are significant tempo, melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic similarities between the two ‘hooks’ of the songs at issue.” Shirian alleges that Gaga’s team had yet to provide his office with an opposing musicologist report to dispute the claims.
If there’s any question whether the lawsuit could hold up in court — last week a similar case saw Katy Perry and her label Capitol Records being ordered to pay $2.78 million to a Christian rapper for stealing elements of his 2009 song “Joyful Noise” for Perry’s hit song “Dark Horse.”
Gaga’s attorney refutes Ronsen’s musicology accusations, “We provided Mr. Shirian a lengthy letter with the findings of multiple leading musicologists, each of whom found no actionable similarities between the two songs,” he told Page Six. “Even Shirian’s own musicologist acknowledged the generic three-note progression is present in many other songs predating his client’s song.”