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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"

  • Stolen
  • Coincidence
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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1.

Michelle17    

I like Tanaka's version better. Much better.

216 days ago
2.

SheDontCare    

I absolutely hate nickiminaj ....

216 days ago
3.

Nick    

Not even close.

216 days ago
4.

Pudding Tang    

Doesn't surprise me at all that no talent Minaj and company would blatantly rip off from others that actually create music.......... Michelle17, I agree, Tanaka's is a whole lot better.!

216 days ago
5.

Joe    

Does have the same hook throughout. Surprised it took so long, was Tanaka in jail or in Siberia for so long?

216 days ago
6.

People Annoy Me    

The beat and vocal patterns do match up very nicely to the accused song...

216 days ago
7.

Herman Munster    

When will this no talent ugly pc of cr@p just die. It just proves thr are a lot of STUPID people in this world.

216 days ago
8.

Meanie    

crap ripping off crap. LMAO

216 days ago
9.

Phoenicks    

Why take so long to sue? You don't know how big the song will be financially when it first drops, so your potential settlement is small. Now, we know how big Starships was - you go for the jugular when the song has already made a lot of people a lot of money.

216 days ago
10.

B_Lew    

Both songs suck..

216 days ago
11.

STFUP    

Of COURSE it's a rip off! Minge is no talent, freakshow hack!

216 days ago
12.

Michaela    

Wasn't there a bust-up a little while ago, when Nicki insisted that she was writing all her own songs?

So, why are there 3 writers that are being sued?

I wonder if Nicki now insists that she was the only one that has 'stolen' the song or that there are actually other song writers, who might be responsible for her songs?

Hm........

216 days ago
13.

Jennifer    

Who cares, they both suck.

216 days ago
14.

GarrettG    

Not surprised at all this no talent tw*t stole from someone. Probably doesn't even write her own songs.

216 days ago
15.

antigirlygirl    

Clearly stolen. The beats clearly match from beginning to end. Somebody has some explaining to do.

216 days ago
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