Lizzo Be Stealing? CeCe Peniston BLASTS Lizzo For “Ad-libbing” Her Hit Lyrics

seems like pop sensation and body positivity enthusiast Lizzo just can’t get a break!!! She is being accused of copyright infringement for not 1 but 2 of her hit songs!

Rolling Stone reports:

Lizzo is facing a plagiarism claim over her Number One hit “Truth Hurts.” Songwriting brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen claim that they were part of an early writing session that produced the memorable line, “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100 percent that bitch.”

In an Instagram post from Tuesday, Justin Raisen claimed that Lizzo, his brother Jeremiah, Jesse Saint John and Yves Rothman penned a tune called “Healthy” in April 2017 while in Raisens’ studio and that the song contained the exact line in question.

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The Truth about “Truth Hurts” On April 11th, 2017, we wrote a song called “Healthy” w/ Lizzo, Jesse St John, and Yves Rothman at our studio. “I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch” was taken from “Healthy” and used in “Truth Hurts”. We were never contacted about being credited for the use of the parts of “Healthy” (melody, lyrics, and chords) that appear in “Truth Hurts”. After reaching out to Ricky Reed and Lizzo’s team about fixing it, we put the song in dispute in 2017 when it came out. We’ve tried to sort this out quietly for the last two years, only asking for 5% each but were shutdown every time. Coming forward publicly to family, friends, artists, and colleagues seems to be the only way at this point in relieving some of our emotional distress caused by this. The last thing we want to do is throw any negativity toward Lizzo’s momentum and movement as a cultural figure. If we believe in what she’s preaching, believing in ourselves & our own voices is something we thought she’d understand. Shout out to the singer Mina Lioness ( @minalioness ) for tweeting “I just did a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch”. A meme of that came up in our writing session & inspired the lyric and melody we wrote together. If Ricky and Lizzo’s team decide to settle this dispute with us, we would like to share some of the proceeds with Mina for her influence on Healthy. The clip below shows a video & photos from the day we wrote “Healthy” along with the comparisons between the two works. All the Love, Justin & Jeremiah Raisen #lizzo #truthhurts #healthy #billboard

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In a statement to New York Times, Cynthia S. Arato, a lawyer for Lizzo, denied the Raisens’ claim. “The Raisens are not writers of ‘Truth Hurts,’” Arato said in the statement. “They did not collaborate with Lizzo or anyone else to create this song, and they did not help write any of the material that they now seek profit from, which is why they expressly renounced any claim to the work, in writing, months ago.” As New York Times reports, the dispute is complicated by the fact that the Raisens’ revoked their claim over “Truth Hurts” via their publisher Kobalt.

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n February 2018, Lioness and Lizzo exchanged tweets. “We didn’t have the same idea, it was my tweet that was taken from Twitter and put into a song,” Lioness wrote, adding, “Now everyone believes those were your words, when in fact they were mine. My creativity, my wit and my comedy.”

“‘Truth Hurts’ was written in June FYI— someone made a meme on IG that said ‘I’m 100% that bitch’ and we were inspired, I give that meme credit when I talk about making the song,” Lizzo tweeted in response. “I’ve never seen ur viral tweet but I’m glad it exists.”

…And now CeCe Peniston is jumping in to the copyright conversation and claiming that Lizzo also borrowed without asking her famous adlib from her hit song from the 90s called “Finally.” Her song “Finally” was played EVERYWHERE in the 90s and it was the epitome of a viral song, before the term viral was even being used.

CeCe posted on Instagram:

And then she also posted a clip of her viral song “Finally” and Lizzo’s song “Juice” and you can clearly hear the similarity:

https://youtu.be/i4TOgQRjgG8

After hearing both the song that the Raisen brothers wrote and CeCe Penistons hook, do y’all think Lizzo is stealing? Is she using more than 7 seconds of other people’s work without giving them credit? Or do you think people are just trying to eat off her success? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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