Thursday, April 23, 2009

Beyonce sued for stealing Survivor

Beyoncé Knowles be a Survivor, but man is claiming she got a little help along the way. A Miami-based producer is suing Knowles, her father and fellow Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for $200 million, claiming they ripped off his music for use in the 2001 hit single Survivor. Knowles' publicist issued a "no comment" on Tuesday when asked about the may one allegations. Terrence "T-Robb" Robinson says the song swiping occurred after he produced a track called Glorious in June 2000 and, four months later, sent it to Beyoncé's father and Destiny's manager, Mathew Knowles. Robinson's attorney, who filed suit in Houston on October 14, says his client was unaware that the song had been used until he heard it on a commercial. Now, Robinson's lamenting what could have been. "I know right now I would be one of the biggest, most sought-after producers," he said at a news conference on Tuesday. Attorney Peter J. Clarke admits that Robinson's song wasn't originally copyrighted when he passed it along to Mathew Knowles, though it later got copyright protection. It's the second lawsuit sparked by Survivor. Last year, former members LeToya Luckett and Latavia Roberson sued the R&B group over a lyric in the Grammy-winning song they claim caused them irreparable harm. Luckett and Roberson were ticked over the line: "You thought that I'd be stressed without you/But I'm chillin'/You thought I wouldn't sell without you/Sold 9 million." While Beyoncé denied the lyric had anything to do with the two singers, an undisclosed settlement was reached with the former Destiny's children.

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