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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
breaking news

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.

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.


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.

374 days ago


Everything about her is fake.

374 days ago

Chief PoundHerHard    

That song sounds NOTHING like Starships!

374 days ago


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.

374 days ago

Truth Be Told    

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374 days ago


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

374 days ago


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!

374 days ago


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

374 days ago


She also ripped off this song as well.

But the band has no money to sue!

She's a bastard!

374 days ago


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

374 days ago


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...

374 days ago


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

374 days ago

Mister E    

The Tom Tom Called and they want their song back too

374 days ago


I am not suprised at all.

374 days ago


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

374 days ago
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