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Lawsuit: Aguilera Hit Stolen From 'Moon People'

3/6/2011 9:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

If Christina Aguilera's hit "Ain't No Other Man" sounds like a classic, that's because its infectious beat comes from a 43-year-old song -- and a new lawsuit claims Sony Music hasn't paid the rightful owner for the sample.
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Take a listen ... Christina's song clearly samples from a 1968 latin soul tune called "Hippy Skippy Moon Strut" (aka "I'll Be a Lucky Man) by Dave Cortez and the Moon People. Gotta love that name.

According to the federal lawsuit, filed in New York, TufAmerica purchased exclusive rights to 'Hippy Skippy' in 2004 ... however Sony Music -- Christina's label -- made a deal with Codigo Music and the Clyde Otis Music Group to use the song. Aguilera is not named as a defendant in the suit.

TufAmerica is asking the court to declare it the rightful owner of the groovy '60s hit ... and to void the other publishers' claims on the song. The company also wants damages -- as in money.



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Sheriff Rusty    

that's a stretch.

1263 days ago
17.

Me    

Do you people even read? It's not a question if she ripped the song off. YES SHE RIPPED THE SONG OFF BUT DID IT LEGALLY AND PAID! The problem is she paid the original owner instead of the new copyright owner.

1263 days ago
18.

tippy katz    

typically American ... every little cent has to be flogged to death.

What now? Sue Joni Mitchell for sampling 'Jingle Bells' at the beginning of "River"???

Posted at 6:06 AM on Mar 6, 2011 by SLH

I don't know what shack in what backwater you are writing from, to this AMERICAN website, but if you look the empty sheds to your left and right, your former neighbors have probably fled to AMERICA. SURE, we are a little lawyer-crazy at the moment, but in this case YES, people who made something original (and not just a clay pot, or a straw bed, like in your village) want to make sure they are paid fairly for their original creation. I know this is hard for you to understand, but just imagine if you made a really nice harness for your mule, and people liked it, and you made more and sold them for shells, or whatever your people use for money, and someone came along and copied them and started selling them. In AMERICA, we can't kidnap their daughter or chop off their head, or whatever your people use for justice, so we use lawyers to figure out what's fair. Maybe you've seen shows about this on the talky-box in the library in the big city that you have to walk days to get to. Or just ask your former neighbors, when they come back to visit, from AMERICA--and they have all their teeth back!!!

1263 days ago
19.

Lopo    

Xtina's song is 5 years old and the Moon People song is named in the samples section of Xtina's Back to Basics cd.

1263 days ago
20.

DitoParlo    

Come on TMZ! really? you do this because you hate her now! it's like Perez in the Bionic era.

COME ON! THAT'S ALL YOU GOT? LOL

1263 days ago
21.

cheryl    

I agree with #1, originality in the arts - movies, television, music is dead...things just copied and "updated" versions of old stuff. The arts used to reflect the times we lived in. Sad state of affairs...about the "quick" buck. These "musicians" and "singers" will not be remembered 20 years from now, like we can recall the names(and still play the recordings) of breakthrough and long standing artists of the turbulent 60's and early 70's.

1263 days ago
22.

Bob Dole    

Hey um... perhaps take the picture of Britney Spears licking her lips off of the iPhone app version of this story?

1263 days ago
23.

thenicerguy    

This just seems petty. If it were the melody, I'd agree they might have a case, but the rhythm line? They could sue half of Motown if that becomes a precident.

1263 days ago
24.

jenna's full of crap    

Come on people, READ the article.

She sampled the Moon People song. Her label paid the wrong owner.

1263 days ago
25.

Jim in Cali    

Geez, is there any good news on Xtina these days?

1263 days ago
26.

B    

Definitely close. Same basic beat minus a few of the runs in the second song. The second song is pretty awesome.

1263 days ago
27.

Gloria Unread    

typically American ... every little cent has to be flogged to death.

What now? Sue Joni Mitchell for sampling 'Jingle Bells' at the beginning of "River"???

Posted at 6:06 AM on Mar 6, 2011 by SLH
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'Jingle Bells' is a public domain song, so anyone can make their own version for free. Now, if Joni'a aong sampled a specific version from another artist who had a copyrighted arrangement of the song, then yes - they could sue.

1263 days ago
28.

Geri Wiesner    

Wow...What I find amazing is if you cick on the link below you will hear the same music in a song "I'll be a happy man" recorded by The Latin Blues Band Feat. Luis Aviles 2 years before Dave Cortez & The Moon People released their album. Hmmmmmmmm!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS3znqPCcCg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

1263 days ago
29.

JLo on Steroids    

listening to songs on tmz is a son uf a bich. i hear it faster by googling it

1263 days ago
30.

mondo    

So there's a similar horn blast...no similar melody, no vocals. I would like to see these slimy fu*ks get hit with court costs, Xtinas lawyer fees, and fined for wasting other peoples time and money. As if that song could inspire anything listenable in todays market...I'm not even a Aguilara fan!!!

1263 days ago
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