Dua Lipa sued by Musician

Dua Lipa sued by Musician

Dua Lipa is facing a new federal lawsuit filed in Los Angeles by musician Bosko Kante. Kante alleges that the British pop star and her label Warner Music Group used his “talk box” recording without his permission in remixes of her song “Levitating.”

He claims that this unauthorized use infringes his copyright, as there was an oral agreement that the part he created with his wearable electronic device would only be used in the original recording of the song.

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According to the lawsuit, Kante is seeking more than $20 million in profit from the music that he believes was infringing on his work.

However, representatives for Kante, Lipa, and WMG have not yet responded to requests for comment on the matter.

Notably, Dua Lipa has already faced two other copyright lawsuits related to “Levitating.” One complaint from reggae group Artikal Sound System was dismissed in June, while another lawsuit by songwriters Sandy Linzer and L. Russell Brown is still ongoing.

Bosko Kante is the creator of the ElectroSpit Talk Box, a device that can make a user’s vocal vibrations sound like musical instruments when worn around the neck and wired to a phone or synthesizer.

He has previously played the Talk Box on songs by artists like Kanye West, Big Boi, and J. Cole. Kante’s complaint states that producer Stephen Kozmeniuk approached him in 2019 to create a talk-box track for “Levitating.”

They allegedly verbally agreed to a license that stipulated his recording would only be used in the original track and not be sampled or reused.

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“Levitating” was featured on Dua Lipa’s successful 2020 album “Future Nostalgia” and spent 77 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 U.S. singles chart, peaking at No. 2 in 2021.

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The lawsuit points out that Lipa reused Kante’s work without permission in three “Levitating” remixes, which include collaborations with artists like Madonna, Missy Elliott, and DaBaby, and a performance at the American Music Awards.

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