Usher & Alicia Keys Being Sued For Plagiarism
According to a lawsuit filed by Wadena Pyatt in the Eastern District of New York, the track is a “plagiarized” version of a tune she penned as an artist on Keys’ MBK Entertainment label.
Pyatt claims she wrote the original version of “Caught Up” in 2002 while she was under contract with MBK—which is owned by Keys and her business partner, Jeff Robinson. [AHH]
The song, released as Usher’s fifth single for Confessions, peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the charts for 27 weeks. The credits have Ryan Toby (one-third of that old group City High), Dre & Vidal and Jason Boyd as the writers for the song.
Apparently, Pyatt nabbed a record deal in 2003 and planned on using the song for her own debut album—until Usher pop-locked all over it. She’s suing for “full accounting, as well as damages disgorgement of any profits received from sales.” That’s a shame, especially since Mashonda has already accused Alicia of being a thief this year.