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Nicki Minaj

Huge Hit 'Starships' Is a Rip-Off ...

According to Lawsuit

9/12/2013 5:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Nicki Minaj's massive hit "Starships" is full-on deja vu to EDM star Clive Tanaka -- because it sounds pretty damn identical to a song he released a year before Nicki's ... and now he's suing her over it.

"Starships"

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Tanaka filed a federal suit in Chicago this week against Nicki, 3 writers, and the song's producer -- claiming copyright infringement on his 2011 tune ... "Neu Chicago."

Listen to a snippet of "Starships" ... which came out in 2012 ... and then listen to Tanaka's song (below).



Tanaka went so far as to edit both songs on top of each other ... and posted the end result.

091213_neu_starships_launch

The only question we have is ... what took Tanaka so long to sue?

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Matthew B.    

Sounds way too similar. I think they've got a case.

217 days ago
17.

Toilethead    

Everything about her is fake.

217 days ago
18.

Chief PoundHerHard    

That song sounds NOTHING like Starships!

217 days ago
19.

Jennhatesyou    

That is probably the most BLATANT rip off I have ever heard. I mean, they are identical. Usually you have to strain to hear similarities in cases like this, but Nicki is ****ED.

217 days ago
20.

Truth Be Told    

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217 days ago
21.

daved0622    

Of course it is a rip off, she has no ideas of her own, washed up skank.

217 days ago
22.

FlamingoKid    

I'm sick of these no talent attention skanks, I can't make good music so look at the crazy way I dress and act in public. Now buy my music!

217 days ago
23.

worldclass    

This girl is a joke. Having a phony butt does not make one talented and that is NOT KEEPING it REAL. lol

217 days ago
24.

Skunt    

She also ripped off this song as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-phRfF_S1F8

But the band has no money to sue!

She's a bastard!

216 days ago
25.

Josh    

They are similar but not the same.. Remember now, all you have to do is make a few tweaks here and there and it is no longer infringement. If anything it was inspired by the other song, also Nicki is hot and writes her own raps.. Chorus probably not.. Not a fan but can"t stand the hating.. Is she fake of course all celebrities are, why would she be any different. Just take her for what she is and hope she ends up in porn along with Rihanna.. Thanks

216 days ago
26.

frank    

Pro songwriter here-

Tanaka has no case. Not enough melody and you cannot sue for a chord progression. Think how few songs there would be if you could...

216 days ago
27.

Columbo    

NM is a skank, I tell ya......a Skank!!!

216 days ago
28.

Mister E    

The Tom Tom Called and they want their song back too

216 days ago
29.

Carriejane    

I am not suprised at all.

216 days ago
30.

Nmbr1qnc    

Ok, um, should the writer of "Twinkle twinkle little star" sue her too? Ugh!

216 days ago
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