Singer will.i.am was accused of stealing Arty and Mat Zo's song "Rebound" for his own track with Chris Brown, "Let's Go."
The Black Eyed Peas member remained quiet on the subject (as Arty went on a tear on Twitter), but has since broken his silence. "Arty is a dope producer so I wrote this song to 'Rebound' this last year," will.i.am said in an interview with KISS FM (via Digital Spy), admitting that he used the song in question as the foundation for "Let's Go."
"I got in touch with Arty and showed it to him, did a different version to it 'cause I asked him [to] make it newer 'cause I don't just wanna take your song and rap over it," he said. "But in a year's time, time's gone by [and] we preferred writing over and using the [original] rebound. Something happened and the clearance ... hopefully we resolved the issue."
Arty had previously claimed no one from Interscope (will.i.am's label) had reached out to Anjunabeats (the imprint that released "Rebound"). Posts on Twitter and Facebook indicated that Arty, Mat Zo and Anjunabeats head and Above & Beyond member Jono Grant first heard of "Rebound" being used by will.i.am when "Let's Go" hit YouTube. At the time of this writing, Arty had not offered any updates on the story.
As for Brown? He tweeted that he didn't care and often doesn't even listen to the songs he provides vocals for.
Here's a look at 10 prominent artists who've battled accusations of musical fraud.
Katy Perry - "Roar"
After the release of "Roar," the lead single off of Katy Perry's 2013 album "Prism," listeners noticed <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/12/katy-perry-roar-sara-bareilles-brave_n_3743343.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment" target="_blank">major similarities between the track and the Sara Bareilles song "Brave."</a> Bareilles commented on the comparisons by simply tweeting "All love, everybody. All love."
will.i.am. and Britney Spears - "Scream and Shout"
Will.i.am isn't experiencing his first copyright-related lawsuit, as 24-year-old singer Tulisa sued the Black Eyed Peas frontman for allegedly stealing some of her lyrics in the Britney Spears collaboration <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYtGl1dX5qI" target="_blank">"Scream and Shout."</a> Will had admitted to using her song, recorded as "I Don't Give A F--k," having received it from the original producer, who reportedly didn't want it on Tulisa's album. But that hasn't stopped Tulisa from <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2276982/Tulisa-suing-Scream-amp-Shout-song.html" target="_blank">seeking royalties from the song's profits</a>.
Alicia Keys - "Girl On Fire"
Songwriter Earl Shuman accused Alicia Keys of repurposing his 1962 track <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alLgxBUcMbc" target="_blank">"Hey There Lonely Girl,"</a> a hit for Eddie Holman, on her 2012 single <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J91ti_MpdHA" target="_blank">"Girl On Fire."</a> She is currently facing a legal battle <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/18/alicia-keys-lawsuit-copyright-infringement-girl-on-fire_n_2322080.html" target="_blank">after being sued for copyright infringement</a>.
Shakira - "Hips Don't Lie"
Popular Puerto Rican salsa singer Jerry Rivera claimed Shakira's <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUT5rEU6pqM" target="_blank">"Hips Don't Lie"</a> stole the horn progression from his song <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M85l1qW8x18" target="_blank">"Amores Como el Nuestro,"</a> prompting the singer not to show up at Spain's equivalent of the Grammys. Shortly thereafter, Shakira was accused of stealing part of the refrain from the popular Luis Dias song "Carnaval (Baila en la Calle)." Neither of these artists pressed charges. <em>An earlier version of this slide incorrectly identified Rivera as Spanish, rather than Puerto Rican.</em>
50 Cent - "I Get Money"
Atlanta rapper Tyronne Simmons, better known as Caliber, sued 50 Cent, a producer and several music executives for copyright infringement for allegedly stealing the instrumental track for the 2007 song <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO22Z0T3qPE" target="_blank">"I Get Money."</a> Caliber claimed he had purchased exclusive rights to the material and proceeded to bring a suit against 50 Cent. It was eventually dropped, as the three-year statute of limitations for copyright infringement eventually passed.
Avril Lavigne - "Girlfriend"
The songwriters for The Rubinoos <a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1051129/seventies-band-sues-lavigne-over-girlfriend" target="_blank">sued Avril Lavigne</a> and her record label in May 2007, claiming her song <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg59q4puhmg" target="_blank">"Girlfriend"</a> infringed on their 1979 hit <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3t66Nrqteo" target="_blank">"I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend."</a> The lawsuit was settled in early 2008, with Lavigne's music reps saying the songs' similarities were purely coincidental.
The Beatles - "Come Together"
Big Seven Music Corp. sued The Beatles in 1973, accusing the band of ripping the beat and lyrics of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axb2sHpGwHQ" target="_blank">"Come Together"</a> from <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrDoy4LDDCg" target="_blank">Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me."</a> The parties settled out of court, but John Lennon vowed to record three additional Big Seven songs as retribution. He did so, and Big Music retaliated by issuing unreleased tapes of Lennon's music. Lennon countersued and was awarded almost $85,000.
Coldplay - "Vida La Vida"
The men of Coldplay came under fire for the band's 2008 hit, "Vida La Vida." <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/joe-satriani-sues-coldplay-for-viva-la-vida-plagiarism-20081205" target="_blank">Guitarist Joe Satriani accused the band of plagiarizing his 2004 song "If I Could Fly."</a> Satriani went so far as to sue the band.
The Beach Boys - "Surfin' U.S.A."
Chuck Berry strikes again. The R&B singer accused the Beach Boys classic "Surfin' U.S.A." of being a note-for-note rip of his "Sweet Little Sixteen." After a lawsuit, Berry received a writing credit and royalties from the song.
Radiohead - "Creep"
Radiohead's smash single "Creep" was accused of plagiarizing The Hollies' 1973 song "The Air That I Breathe." The Hollies won their lawsuit, which said that "Creep" stole a chord progression and melody from their song. As a result, Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood are now listed as co-songwriters on the Radiohead song.
Madonna - "Justify My Love"
Public Enemy accused Madonna's controversial 1990 song <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np_Y740aReI" target="_blank">"Justify My Love"</a> of sampling the instrumentals from <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJmoTjY04-o" target="_blank">"Security of the First World."</a> Madonna claimed she'd never heard the song, and Public Enemy never brought a lawsuit anyway, with many speculating it was because they'd sampled music as well. Madonna's "Justify" troubles didn't end there, as poet Ingrid Chavez later sued Lenny Kravitz, the song's producer and co-writer, for stealing the lyrics from one of her poems. The lawsuit was settled out of court, and Chavez received a belated writing credit on the track.
Led Zeppelin - "Whole Lotta Love"
Led Zeppelin has fought several copyright lawsuits unsuccessfully, one of which came in conjunction with 1969's "Whole Lotta Love." In 1985, Willie Dixon claimed the song was fashioned out of his 1962 track "You Need Love." The suit was settled out of court, and "Whole Lotta Love" now features a songwriting credit for Dixon.