Dua Lipa has recently emerged victorious in a copyright infringement lawsuit centered around her hit track “Levitating.” The legal action was initiated last year by reggae band Artikal Sound System from Florida, who alleged that Lipa’s song copied the hook from their 2017 track, “Live Your Life.” Although the band initially failed to provide substantial evidence to support their claims, they contended that Lipa had “access” to their song.
According to a report from Billboard, US District Judge Sunshine Sykes has temporarily dismissed the case in favor of Dua Lipa, ruling that Artikal Sound System could not substantiate their accusations. The band’s argument hinged on the theory that one of Lipa’s co-writers had a previous association with someone who purportedly learned guitar from a brother-in-law of one of the band members. However, Judge Sykes found these connections to be tenuous and lacking any meaningful relevance to the two musical compositions in question.
While the dismissal is a positive development for Dua Lipa, the case remains open. Judge Sykes has granted Artikal Sound System until June 16 to refile their complaint, provided they can present substantial evidence to support their allegations.
In recent news, Dua Lipa publicly criticized the British government’s stance on migrants, deeming it “small-minded and shortsighted.” She voiced her dismay over the government singling out “Albanian criminals” and the derogatory rhetoric surrounding immigrants. Lipa passionately defended the multicultural nature of London and called for more empathy, emphasizing that immigrants come to new countries out of necessity and a desire to protect their families.
On a lighter note, Dua Lipa recently released a new track titled “Dance The Night,” which serves as the lead single for the upcoming Barbie movie soundtrack. Additionally, she will make a cameo appearance in the film, portraying a mermaid version of Barbie.
It remains to be seen how the copyright infringement lawsuit will progress in the coming weeks. As the legal proceedings unfold, Dua Lipa continues to make waves with her music and use her platform to advocate for social issues close to her heart.
Dua Lipa is a British singer, songwriter, and model who has taken the music industry by storm. Born on August 22, 1995, in London, she rose to prominence with her self-titled debut album, which spawned the hit singles “New Rules” and “IDGAF.” Dua’s unique blend of pop, R&B, and dance music, combined with her powerful vocals and charismatic stage presence, has garnered her critical acclaim and a massive global following. With multiple awards under her belt, including Grammy and Brit Awards, Dua Lipa continues to dominate the charts and push artistic boundaries, solidifying her status as one of the most influential pop stars of her generation.