Underground v Mainstream as Clive Tanaka Takes on Nicki Minaj Over 'Starships'

Subscribe to Nicki Minaj alerts

'Starships' may have broken Billboard records for Nicki Minaj, propelling her into the world of ‘hip-pop’ in a seamless yet at the same time jerky movement, but it won’t go by without complications, as the enigmatic electronic artist Clive Tanaka claims the female rapper copied his song, and is taking her to court.

Nicki MinajDid Nicki Minaj's Producers Steal 'Starships'?

In a lawsuit filed under the name of his company - Tanaka Light Industries USA – Tanaka claims that Minaj copied 'Neu Chicago', his biggest selling hit, in order to create Starships, arguably her most successful song.

The suit names RedOne – the producer behind the track, as well as co-writers Carl Falk, Wayne Hector, and Rami Yacoub.

Listen to Clive Tanaka's Neu Chicago:

Christopher Niro, Tanaka’s lawyer has stated that the tracks are "similar to the point that it is nearly impossible for it to be a coincidence." What’s more, many of the people named in the suit are citizens of Sweden, where the track – Tanaka’s track – was used to promote a clothing company. “They had a very good opportunity to hear it," Niro said.

Matthew Sag, a Loyola University Chicago law professor specializing in copyright infringement, said: "You want to reward creativity, but you don't want to accidentally punish people for using what are the building blocks of an entire style of music. No one owns a genre."

And now Listen to Nicki MInaj's 'Starships' (explicit)...notice anything?

Tanaka is a popular underground artist. He maintains an aura of anonymity about him, with even his most ardent fans unaware of his lineage, age, and place of birth or current residence. They certainly don’t know what he looks like.

Nicki MinajNicki Minaj will have to defend her song 'Starships'


Tags: Nicki Minaj

Subscribe to Nicki Minaj alerts

More Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj Slams Ex-Love Safaree Samuel In Lengthy Twitter Rant

Nicki Minaj reportedly split with her rumoured boyfriend of 14 years Safaree Samuels earlier this year, and although the duration of their relationship was kept...

Madonna Releases Part Of New Album After Online Leak

Following her outbursts on Instagram earlier in the week, Madonna has decided to hit back against the leakers by releasing six tracks from her new...

Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Wanting To Have A Family: "I Want A Cute Little Fat Baby"

Nicki Minaj is without a doubt the most dominating female artist in the hip-hop genre, from ruling numerous music charts, to landing movie roles and...

Nicki Minaj Shows Off Her Vulnerable Side On 'The Pinkprint', But Is It Enough To Impress The Critics?

This week rapper Nicki Minaj finally released her long awaited (and much hyped) third album The Pinkprint, her most personal record to date. While the...


Nicki Minaj Addresses Tensions Within Cash Money Records

As an artist signed to Cash Money Records, Nicki Minaj may have some insight into the drama between Lil Wayne and Brian "Birdman" Williams that...

Nicki Minaj Drops Her New Music Video, Only

The Queen of controversial tunes is back with another single and accompanying video that contains sexual imagery and strong language.Nicki Minaj's latest music video, Only,...

Nicki Minaj - Only ft. Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown Video

Nicki Minaj is ultra seductive in a mesh bodysuit in the video for her single 'Only', featuring Young Money label mates Drake and Lil Wayne...

Nicki Mianj Announces 2015 'The Pinkprint' European Tour

Just one week before the release of her highly anticipated third studio album 'The Pinkpirnt,' Nicki Minaj gives her fans something else to get excited...



Nicki Minaj Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Nicki Minaj

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All