Nicki Minaj to Pay Tracy Chapman $450,000 in Copyright Lawsuit


Minaj, who couldn't write a lullaby, stole Tracy Chapman's great song, "Baby Can I Hold You Tonight".

According to Chapman's suit, Minaj's team sent a formal request in July 2018 to use Chapman's song, noting that Minaj meant to "interpolate" Chapman's work (that is, re-record the melody and lyrics of the song, rather than sample Chapman's existing recording).

Chapman's lawyers were prepared to argue that the fact that "Sorry" never got an official commercial release did not really matter in the face of the widespread availability of the track despite Chapman's explicit disapproval. It was then circulated online.

As a result, the two will no longer be proceeding with the trial later this year.

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Nicki Minaj has agreed to pay Tracy Chapman nearly half a million dollars after the latter sued her for taking her work without permission.

Minaj butchered the Chapman classic without permission from the songwriter but as taste isn't a barometer for success anymore managed to earn mega-bucks from her shoddy song. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. Minaj's team made efforts anyway, but Chapman rejected a request. The suit came a couple months after MINAJ released her album, QUEEN. Court documents obtained by PEOPLE at the time alleged: "The Infringing Work incorporates the lyrics and vocal melody of the Composition, [which represent] its most recognizable and memorable parts. Chapman had sued Minaj in 2018 for allegedly using portions of her hit 1988 track ' Baby, can I hold you tonight" in the rapper's song "Sorry".

Legal representatives for Chapman and Minaj, respectively, did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. "Often, the rights holder does not want to simply approve a use in the abstract-i.e., 'any hip hop version of your song.' The rights holder wants to hear the actual version before giving her permission".