'Voice UK' judge Jessie J sued for stealing 'Domino'
British pop star and The Voice UK judge Jessie J is being taken to the cleaners for "substantially similar compositional elements" between her hit song Domino and a 2008 tune called Bright Red Chords written by a Californian musician named Will Loomis.
Loomis has posted a YouTube video of his song as sung by his band, Loomis And The Lust, comparing it Jessie's version to show the similarities between the two tunes. He's slapping her with a US$150,000 plagiarism lawsuit.
Court papers filed on 25th June against 24-year-old Jessica Cornish, Universal Music Group, Lava Records and Universal Republic Records, claim that Jessie and her co-songwriters "willfully infringed on copyright" and sold millions of copies of their "derivative work", resulting in significant "ill-gotten commercial advantage".
"Mr Loomis never consented to the use of his song," his lawyer wrote in a statement. "We look forward to obtaining an appropriate remedy from the court for this clear infringement."
Loomis and the Lust gained recognition in 2010 when they won the Artist On The Verge contest in America. The band's MySpace site describes their music as "a top notch pop rock sound that swirls with a lighthearted, fun-time attitude".
"When I wrote this melody in my garage, I never imagined it would be sung for the King and Queen of England, and I especially never imagined it would be sung by Jessie J," he wrote on Facebook, referring to her performance at the Diamond Jubilee concert.
Domino was the fifth single from Jessie's 2011 debut album Who You Are, becoming her second No. 1 UK hit and her first Top 10 Billboard hit.
Published: 30th June 2012