A few months ago, a rumor went around that Lana Del Ray had been taken to court over a copyright infringement accusation by Radiohead. The rock band accused the singer of copying their 1993 hit “Creep” in her album track “Get Free” on Lust for Life.
Del Rey later confirmed the rumor on Twitter: “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.”
Things got a little more complicated when Radiohead’s publishers denied the lawsuit and claimed that all that had in fact gone on were “discussions” about crediting Radiohead as co-writers. Ironically, the band had previously been sued by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, claiming that “Creep” shares a chord progression with The Hollies 1972 hit “The Air That I Breathe.”
The latest news on Lana’s lawsuit is that it might have finally come to an end. During her set at Lollapalooza in Brasil last weekend, fans started to chant for “Get Free,” demanding it as an encore. She responded: “Now that my lawsuit’s over, I guess I can sing that song anytime I want, right?”