The two collaborated on the song “Somebody to Love’ which was released in 2010 and are being hit with a lawsuit from two Virginia songwriters. Devin Copeland and Mareio Overton claim the uptempo ballad contains numerous lyrical and stylistic similarities to a copywritten song they wrote in 2008 by the same name. The Virginia natives are seeking to receive $10 million in the settlement, according to Billboard.
The duo filed the lawsuit Thursday (May 2) in federal court in Norfolk, Va., citing numerous songwriters and producers who allegedly conspired to imitate their record. Copeland and Overton had conversations with Usher’s former momager Jonnetta Patton who expressed interest in the song and later providedhis camp with a copy of their song. The “Confessions” singer was interested in having Copeland re-record his album and go on tour with him.
The lawsuit says Copeland never heard from any of Ursh’s reps and states that the crooner is seen performing a demo of “Somebody to Love” on YouTube as early as 2010. “The Voice” judge ultimately decided to have Bieber record the song for his My World 2.0 album.