Lil Nas X, the rapper who shot into fame this year with the blockbuster”Old Town Road,” has been sued by a California music publisher for $25 million for allegedly stealing by a 1982 Bobby Caldwell tune for the next of his own songs.
In a complaint filed on Wednesday, The Music Force LLC stated Lil Nas X made without permission by Caldwell’s R&B tune”Carry On” for his song with the identical name, which he then posted to YouTube and streaming platforms like Spotify and SoundCloud.
The plaintiff also sued Lil Nas X’s new record label, Sony Music, saying it decided not to properly vet the 20-year-old’s music because it was”far more important” to conserve the chance to generate millions of dollars of earnings from his livelihood.
Representatives of Lil Nas X and Sony could not immediately be reached on Thursday for comment.
The Culver City-based plaintiff is seeking at least $10 million in compensatory damages, as a portion for”confusion in the market,” plus at least $15 million in punitive damages reflecting Lil Nas X’s alleged”greed and malicious motive.”
Lil Nas X, whose given name is Montero Lamar Hill, this week saw”Old Town Road” log its 16th week atop the Billboard Hot 100, tying the record for the maximum No. 1 stint in the graph’s 61-year history.
“Old Town Road,” which features country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, shares the album with Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s”One Sweet Day” in 1995-1996, and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s”Despacito” in 2017.
The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles federal court.
The case is The Music Force LLC v Sony Music Holdings Inc et al, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, No. 19-06430.