*The Black Eyed Peas have been hit with two lawsuits that allege they plagiarized their two biggest hits.
According to E!, Texas based Bryan Pringle filed a lawsuit in federal court in Santa Ana, California, claiming that the band jacked his song “Take a Dive” in their 2009 hit “I Gotta Feeling.”
A second lawsuit, originally filed in January, was also re-entered in federal court in LA, alleging that “Boom Boom Pow” used elements of Phoenix Phenom’s song “Boom Dynamite.” [Compare below.]
Plaintiff lawyer Ira Gould said: “A simple listening of the two songs will tell you that the songs are substantially similar, and that the hooks of the two songs are virtually identical in rhythm and lyrics.”
Other defendants named in the two suits include Interscope, UMG Records and EMI April Music. The plaintiffs are claiming monetary damages, including all net profits from the respective tracks and future royalties