Justin Bieber’s collaboration with country duo Dan + Shay on the 2019 hit "10,000 Hours" has found itself embroiled in a legal battle over allegations of copying a 1980 soul ballad. Melomega Music claims that unmistakable similarities exist between "10,000 Hours" and "The First Time Baby is a Holiday," a track penned in 1973 but released only in 2014.
This isn’t the first instance where Bieber’s music has faced such scrutiny. In 2019, he was highlighted for potential similarities with Asher Monroe’s "Synergy," and in 2016, Casey Dienel raised copyright concerns regarding Bieber’s chart-topper "Sorry." The music industry is no stranger to these controversies. For instance, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were once ordered to pay $5m to Marvin Gaye’s estate for their song "Blurred Lines."
As artists navigate the complexities of inspiration and imitation, the lines of originality in the modern musical landscape seem increasingly blurred.
00:15 Accusations Against"10,000 Hours"
00:44 Comparison of Songs
01:06 The Plaintiff’s Claims
01:28 Bieber’s History of Accusations
01:54 Previous Lawsuits
02:09 The Biggest Payout In Musical History
02:30 High-profile Musical Copyright Cases
02:50 Justin’s Previous Legal Troubles
03:33 Music Industry’s Perspective
03:49 The Tom Petty Factor
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