Lana Dey Rey has claimed that Radiohead may sue her over similarities between her 2017 song “Get Free” and their hit 1992 song “Creep” — but a spokesperson for Radiohead’s music publisher says they only want their writers acknowledged.
“It’s true about the lawsuit,” the 32-year-old singer wrote on social media on Sunday, responding to rumors that began circulating after British tabloid the Sun claimed that the band was considering suing Del Rey for copyright infringement.
Addressing the matter on social media, Del Rey went on to claim that her song was not inspired by the band’s hit single.
“Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100 percent of the publishing,” she wrote, adding that she had “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,” she continued.
However, a spokesperson for Warner/Chappell tells Pitchfork that although they are in talks with Del Rey’s management, reports of a lawsuit are exaggerated.
“As Radiohead’s music publisher, it’s true that we’ve been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey’s representatives. It’s clear that the verses of ‘Get Free’ use musical elements found in the verses of ‘Creep’ and we’ve requested that this be acknowledged in favor of all writers of ‘Creep,’” they said in a statement.
“To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they ‘will only accept 100 percent’ of the publishing of ‘Get Free.’”
According to the outlet, after the band admitted there were similarities between their song and the Hollies’ “The Hair That I Breathe,” the lawsuit was settled out of the court, with Radiohead giving some of the publishing to “The Hair That I Breathe” songwriters Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood.