News: Justin Timberlake’s Lawsuit

By: Madyson McGill

As Justin Timberlake’s song “Damn Girl” featuring will.i.am reaches its ten year mark, PK Music Performance claims the song is too similar to the 1969 disco track “A New Day Is Here At Last” written by Perry Kibble who was in the band A Taste of Honey.  PK Music Performance has filed a federal lawsuit against Sony Music, Timberlake, will.i.am, and various other record companies. After Kibble died the rights to the song were given to his sister Janis McQuinton, who works for PK Music Performance. She gave them the rights to the song back in December, and they renewed the copyright license in January.

In the lawsuit it states, “A substantial amount of the music in ‘Damn Girl’ is copied from ‘A New Day Is Here At Last’”. It reads, “Specifically, a substantial part of the drum, conga drum, organ, bass guitar, electric quitter and saxophone parts in ‘Damn Girl,’ were all copied from ‘A New Day Is Here At Last.’”. If you listen to both tracks and didn’t know they were made by different people, in different time periods “A New Day Is Here At Last,” would sound like an instrumental jazzier version of Timberlake’s song. There’s no denying the similarities between the them.

PK Music Performance wants all known copies of Timberlake’s song destroyed, payment for damages, profits from the song and attorney’s fees, and for no one in the singers’ camps to distribute or publicly perform the song.

This isn’t the first lawsuit Timberlake’s music has been hit with this year. Back in January Universal Music Group received a lawsuit because of Timberlake and Jay Z’s song “Suit & Tie.” According to Hollywood Take, Sly, Slick and Wicked said their song “Sho’ Nuff” was used as a sample in “Suit & Tie,” and even though Universal asked for permission, they never got the rights.