Tracy Chapman is suing Nicki Minaj over her song “Sorry,” which used a sample of Chapman’s track “"Baby Can I Hold You.”
The song was supposed to appear on Nicki’s album “Queen,” but was pulled after Chapman refused to give her permission to sample the track. But this past August the song was still played on several radio stations, and was then picked up by folks on the Internet. Despite Nicki’s attempts to make her song disappear, but by then it was too late.
Tracy says Nicki’s track uses half of the lyrics and vocal melody of her song, and she is suing for copyright infringement. She is seeking damages and profits from the song.
“Tracy Chapman very much protect her rights and she has a right to deny a license when requested,” Chapman’s lawyer Lee Phillips tells Rolling Stone. “There’s no question that this is infringement. If you ask what Nicki Minaj’s defense going to be, we have no idea.”