*Nicki Minaj is currently facing accusations that she appropriated someone else’s beats for the song “Starships.”
The claim comes from an artist named Clive Tanaka who filed a copyright infringement suit against Nicki in Chicago’s U.S. District court on Tuesday. The documents he filed state the Nicki and producer RedOne sampled a portion of his song “Neu Chicago” for “Starships” without his permission.
The lawsuit says the “Neu Chicago” has gotten a lot of U.S. airplay, heavy rotation online and was being used in a TV commercial in Sweden. The commercial use was reportedly around the time that RedOne may have been living there. As such, Clive’s attorney Chris Niro stated, “They had a very good opportunity to hear it,” Niro said.
Chris told The Chicago Tribune that Clive is getting ready to work on some new music and a film in South America.
“Argentina, from what I was told,” Christopher said. “He’s kind of a reclusive — he makes and produces music and that’s his goal.”
Nicki’s camp has yet to comment on the lawsuit or Clive’s claims that she and her team lifted his beats.
Last year, Clive posted a clip on SoundCloud that merged “Neu Chicago” and “Starships.” Listeners are able to hear Nicki’s track in the left headphone and his in the right.
It follows his last release, and first No. 1, 2011′s “F.A.M.E,” which debuted atop the list with 270,000 — more than double the start of “Fortune.”
Brown is the second R&B hitmaker in a month to debut at No. 1 with a comparably soft launch, reports Billboard. Four weeks ago, Usher’s “Looking 4 Myself” started at No. 1 with 128,000. That marked a significant slide from the 329,000 first week of his last full-length album, the No. 1-debuting “Raymond v Raymond.”
Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj is making history on the Hot 100 singles chart. Her track
“Starships” has logged its first 21 weeks in the top 10, establishing a new Billboard record. Since debuting at No. 9 the week of March 3, the track has yet to depart the top 10 for 21 weeks running, marking the most consecutive frames that a top 10-debuting title has remained in the region from its arrival.
“Starships” passes the Black Eyed Peas’ 2009 smash “I Gotta Feeling,” which spent its first 20 weeks in the top 10, including 14 at No. 1.
Nicki Minaj performs in Times Square on April 6, 2012 at the North American launch of the Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia 900
*Nicki Minaj is reportedly looking for a house to buy in the UK.
In keeping with the title of her new album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’, the rapper/singer said she wants to buy a mansion in Buckinghamshire and paint it pink, then install a pink, heart-shaped swimming pool, buy a pink Rolls-Royce for the driveway and have a special area built to house flamingos.
A source told The Sun newspaper: ”Nicki loves England for the heritage and the countryside. She has been scouring the web for a place. Her inspiration is the pink palace 60s movie star Jayne Mansfield had in Hollywood.”
Minaj promoted the album release with a surprise three-song set on Friday (April 7) in New York’s Times Square. The event, kept hush till the last minute, was hosted by Nokia in support of the launch of its new Lumia 900 smartphone.
The 15-minute set included performances of “Starships,” “Right By My Side” and “Super Bass.”
While LED magic turned surrounding buildings into lava lamps, many a time Nicki paused front and
Watch Minaj’s performance below, followed by her new video for “Beez in the Trap”: