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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.

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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46.

BPA    

Has no one except me ever noticed that Starships is a ripoff of Britney Spears' "Till the World Ends"??

342 days ago
47.

McInnes    

Nicki Minaj If your last name is not the same as mine your in copy write froud. Love Mr Classic Dow

341 days ago
48.

BPA    

Am I the only one that's been saying she ripped off Britney Spears' "Till the World Ends?"

341 days ago
49.

skywriting     

I'd love to hear the clips and comment but your iPad app SUCKS!!! The clips are not even there!!! It's been way too long since you last posted an update to address bugs. Please fix them.

341 days ago
50.

Ziggy101    

Tanaka's stuff is AWESOME! Has anyone seen his new music video for "All Night, All Right" by Celebrate It TV? It's super trippy!

341 days ago
51.

Alexa    

Tanaka doesn't realize you can't sue based on a song having the same chord progression... or else almost everyone in pop music could sue each other.

340 days ago
52.

Khristina Harris    

If she did steal it she should be punished but Nicki has a lot of talent. She is the only Female rapper to make the Forbes Cash Kings list and MTV's Annual Hottest MC List. She has her own clothing line, Beauty products and much more. She has won 7 Bet awards, 2 MTV Music awards, 4 American Music Awards, A MTV Europe Music awards , 5 Billboard awards and was Billboards Rising start in 2011. She has plenty of talent.

323 days ago
53.

dubdubt    

Nice mashup

140 days ago
54.

Fact    

They sound similar but the Starships hook sounds more polished and professional .

75 days ago
55.

doesnt matter    

listen to her song 'stupid hoe', then listen to lil kims' 2005 song 'shut up bitch'. she stole that too.

75 days ago
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