The Black Crowes Sued Gretchen Wilson Over Song Rip-Off

July 31, 2008 09:20:07 GMT

The rockers have just filed in a lawsuit claiming that the country star has rip-off parts of their hit song "Jealous Again" and uses it on her track "Work Hard, Play Harder".


The Black Crowes Sued Gretchen Wilson Over Song Rip-Off
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Copyright-infringement has become the major issues for lots of musicians lately including for rock band The Black Crowes who have just filed a lawsuit against a singer who they claimed have stolen parts of their song. The musician that is being sued by the rocker is country star Gretchen Wilson.

The rockers claimed that Gretchen has taken some parts of their old hit track "Jealous Again" and use it on her new song "Work Hard, Play Harder" without a permission. Not only suing the singer on their lawsuit, the band also addressed their allegation to the country singer's label Sony BMG, a publishing company J Money Music and TNT, that uses the track to advertise their TV series "Saving Grace".

Confirming their allegation, the Crowes manager Peter Angelus said in a statement, "We find the musical verses of Wilson's song to be such an obvious example of copyright infringement that I expect all parties to reach a relatively quick resolution to avoid litigation." Meanwhile, Gretchen or her representative still refuses to shout any comments regarding the lawsuit.

The rocker's "Jealous Again" was the band's hit song that was being included on their debut album "Shake Your Money Maker", that was dropped in January 1990. On the other hand the troubled song penned by Gretchen, reportedly will be one of the tracks included on her upcoming LP, that is being set to be outed just before the end of the year.

The Black Crowes' "Jealous Again":



Gretchen Wilson's "Work Hard, Play Harder":



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posted by Erin on Dec 01, 2012
Black Crowe's win this one--it is obvious. Just because it is has been done many times, doesn't mean it is right. I don't blame them for fighting for the money.
posted by chuckles on Mar 13, 2012
The crowes borrowed the groove from the Rolling Stones, so get over it and move on. Thats why is called influence, because it influences your own talents.
posted by Me on Dec 21, 2010
The Black Crows, gosh they are still alive? I remember them from years ago, did a few good songs then faded into the background. I see they are looking for a way to continue their drug habit. She didn't steal anything from those dope smoking junikes, get real.
posted by CHGill on Aug 25, 2010
What we tend to forget is that, in the beginning, the "greats" didn't have the kinds of rights writers musicians have now. Why else would performers like Paul McCartney have to buy the rights to songs he wrote after they went up on auction? Because originally, all songs and music created under a label belonged to that label, especially if the artist wasn't careful and didn't read/understand the record contract being signed. It's about time music and lyrics gets protected. Just because singers have done it in the past doesn't make it morally correct now. It was wrong then and now - especially if done without permission. I still can't believe 2 Live Crew's song using the vocal clip from the movie "Full Metal Jacket". Not sure if they did it with permission or not, but they called it "sampling" back then. At least with sampling, the original words are included and the original authors are credited in some way. That's not what happened here, which makes it wrong....
posted by srvbeach21 on Aug 05, 2010
Not only are the verse melodies identical, but the Gretchen Wilson 2nd verse lyrically starts the same as the Crowes' first; just changed "Sunday" to "Monday". Also, MnGirl. the Black Crowes work plenty hard and still rock live far more than Gretchen Wilson ever will.
posted by justice prevails on Apr 06, 2010
Wilson got her assed dropped by her label over this, the song was a bomb at country radio and now her INDIE album is flopping heard ... career OVAH. She got hers.
posted by Me on Feb 06, 2010
To make it worse, the hook in the chorus is an obvious rip from Cocaine, by J.J. Cale - made famous by Eric Clapton. Maybe if Eric had changed the lyrics, like Gretch, he wouldn't have had to pay any royalties, and J.J. could have gone off and starved. After all, he only wrote the thing.
posted by MnGirl on Oct 06, 2009
Maybe the BC's needed some cash- maybe they should work harder
posted by asdemeter on Sep 07, 2009
The melody of the verses is EXACTLY the same. Period. That's why it's copyright infringement, and while I'd like to believe it's unintentional, I have my doubts. And wow...the ignorance of some of the posts here is STAGGERING.
posted by rowdync on Jul 28, 2009
I hear some similarities, but the hook is the chorus and that's different. They are both bluesy but I think the Crowes should let it go. I think the lawsuit makes them look bad.
posted by Some Guy on Sep 15, 2008
The end of the chorus is completely ripping off "Cocaine" by Eric Claspton. J.J. Cale's camp should probably sue her too.
posted by gfunkadelic on Sep 06, 2008
At first I thought it was an undeniable ripoff. However, when you think about it, that bluesy rhythm heard at the beginning is a type of rhythm heard often. The rest of the song isn't even close, so that might be what saves her.
posted by Hellahigh on Aug 12, 2008
wow , thats sad
posted by darthphish on Aug 06, 2008
Complete rip off - intentional or not, she owes the Crows some cash.
posted by RABBITY on Aug 05, 2008
Clearly, she listened to the Crowes' song from 'Shake Your Money Maker' and stole the hook....so obvious. Then again, half of Led Zeppelin's songs were ripped off from other artists so I guess artist just try to get away with it.
posted by BattleCircle on Aug 04, 2008
So.... rythem and chord progessions are copywrited now? I think not.... Suck it up and try again 'Crows
posted by fortrununit1 on Aug 03, 2008
The Black Crowes need to get a life, both songs has the merit each deserves. They are different songs and if I were in her shoes I would not settle on anything but for them to get off her back.
posted by jimyrichardson on Aug 03, 2008
This is such an infringement on the Black Crowes work that a moron can tell its the same tune. And this chick is not at the level of the black crowes in terms of talent, madam. Don't even try to go there. She doesn't deserve the fame and the money that goes with it if she didn't write the hook that makes the song. period.
posted by evilmathias on Aug 02, 2008
i completely agree with you mrsjinx. i think that bands that do this to other artists should crawl back in the hole they suck in and go home. the black crowes song is not even that great anyway
posted by mrsjinx on Aug 01, 2008
They'll settle, but after listening to them back-to-back, there are similarities that simply go back to the influence of the blues. It's inescapable these days, but can you imagine if all the blues greats sued each other at the beginning of the 20th century because their music sounded similar? Where would that leave us today? and in what sort of closet would artists have to hide their compositions? It's a slippery slope, my friends...

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