In August, a California federal judge found sufficient evidence that Usher and co-producer Jermaine Dupri had access to songwriter Ernest Lee Straughter’s 1998 track “Reasons,” and accepted a musicologist’s report that pointed out substantial similarities between the two.
As Billboard reports, an expert testifying on behalf of Straughter showed that both tracks “shared measurable similarities, including a ‘highly unusual’ 18-bar introduction, musical instruments that enter at the exact same bars, similar guitar and vocal stylings, the pitches and phrasings of certain melodies, and other compositional congruity.”
The possible link between Usher and Dupri and Straughter? Warren G, who had collaborated with both parties, though not on these specific songs.
The judge will consider several arguments put forth by the defense; if she chooses to pass, the case will now likely go in front of a jury.
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