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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mariah Carey Sued in S.F. Court by Outraged Songwriters

Posted By on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 12:30 AM

click to enlarge Okay, checking ... left, right ... both there. Lawsuit? Got that too.
  • Okay, checking ... left, right ... both there. Lawsuit? Got that too.
Chanteuse Mariah Carey has been named in a San Francisco lawsuit -- and not because of any ruptured eardrums caused by her dog whistle vocal range. Instead a pair of Oakland songwriters filed suit against Carey and a bevy of others claiming their tune had been ripped off, renamed, and charted rather well for Carey and singer The Dream.

According to the suit, plaintiffs Preston Marshall and Demario Driver present a fairly standard-order Music Industry Bigwig Rips Off The Little Guy story (though most lawsuits don't have "aka Symba" next to the plaintiff's name, as is the case with Driver).

Here's the story in one breath: Farmer and Symba cut the song "Are You The One" in Farmer's Oakland recording studio in 2008. Future co-defendant Jeff Huffman of Real Content Media liked the song, and said he would like to get big-name people to co-produce it. Farmer claims that after he e-mailed Huffman various versions of the song, the marketer suddenly stopped returning his messages. Then Farmer heard Carey and The Dream singing "My Love" on Dream's "Love vs. Money" album. The plaintiffs claim this is their song -- and they want at least $450,000.

The suit claims the songs "contain identical melodic coding and the same harmonic protocols that are readily discernible to the human ear." In other words, they sound alike. A lot. And you can be the judge of that -- we've got them both right here: 

Here's "Are You the One For Me?":

And here's "My Love."

In addition to Huffman and Carey, the suit names The Dream (real name:

Terius Youngdell Nash), Island Def Jam Music Group, and others.

According to the lawsuit, when Farmer asked Huffman "Why did you steal my song?" the response he was given was "We can work this out." Apparently not.

Finally, in an almost certainly unrelated note, Carey is not a stranger to San Francisco District Court. Here's a 2008 case in which one Mariah Carey filed an "injunction prohibiting harassment" against Fifty Cent -- listed as Cent, Fifty in court records.

It was denied. And Carey's home address is listed as 1001 Polk -- the Episcopal Community Services transitional shelter -- so we don't think these are the Mariah Carey and Fifty Cent here.  

H/T   |   Courthouse News

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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