Hit Single ‘The Way’ Lands Ariana Grande In A Copyright Infringement Lawsuit


The teen starlet Ariana Grande, Sony/ATV and UMG Recordings are being sued by Minder Music for misappropriating an “iconic” lyric from the 1972 disco hit “Troglodyte” by The Jimmy Castor Bunch.

Her hit single “The Way,” featuring Mac Miller that spent 26 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, is being targeted for the lyric “what we gotta do right here is go back, back into time” which the plaintiff alleges is “substantially similar” to “Troglodyte”’s lyric, “what we’re gonna do right here is go back, way back, back into time.” The lawsuit is currently being compared to the 2009 Bridgeport case, in which Bridgeport won against Universal Music for copyright infringement of the lyric, “bow wow wow, yippee yo, yippee yea,” and repeated use of the word “dog.”

Minder Music wants Ariana Grande and her team to admit to willful infringement of the phrase, a permanent injunction, statutory damages of $150,000 per infringement and to cover their lawyer fees.

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