LMFAO Sued By Rick Ross Over Party Rock Lyric
Rapper takes issue with electro-pop duo's 'everyday I'm shufflin' line...
LMFAO over a lyric used in their 2011 hit Party Rock Anthem.
The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that the rapper and his songwriter Jermaine Jackson have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the electro-pop duo of Stefan Kendal Gordy (Redfoo) and Skyler Austen Gordy (SkyBlu).
The pair allege that the line "everyday I'm shufflin'", as used prominently in LMFAO's track, is a derivation of "everyday I'm hustlin'" from Ross' 2006 debut Hustlin'.
Filed in Florida federal court, the complaint reads: "The use of 'Hustlin' ' in 'Party Rock Anthem' is readily apparent, despite the slight change from 'Everyday I’m hustlin' …' to 'Everyday I'm shufflin' …' and constitutes, inter alia, the creation of an unauthorized derivative work."
And Ross and Jackson also claim the line is "performed in a manner to sound like" the original - and "is an obvious attempt to capitalize on the fame and success of Hustlin'".
A global hit, Party Rock Anthem has sold 7.5 million copies and been licensed for numerous adverts and media uses.
The lawsuit added: "The phrase is so important to the success of 'Party Rock Anthem,' that LMFAO launched a highly successful clothing line, Party Rock Clothing, that features the phrase on T-shirts and other clothing items."
LMFAO had not responded at the time of writing.