jermaine-dupri

The “Blurred Lines” verdict has already started a ripple effect on the music industry. After news reports contended that the family of late singer Marvin Gaye would take a look at another Pharrell Williams hit, “Happy”, Jermaine Dupri has alleged that Ciara’s promising new comeback single, “I Bet” is a jack of he and Usher’s 2001 hit, “U Got It Bad”.

In an interview with Yahoo, Dupri stated, “I’m clear on what I made and I’m clear on how music influences people and I’m clear on chord changes and how people move things. … It might not be as evident as the ‘Blurred Lines’ situation, but I believe the same thing happened to me.”

His response to the matter is a bit more nuanced and tame compared to the Gaye family’s suit of the 2013 Pharrell, Robin Thicke & T.I. hit which netted the three artists $16 million. Last week they had to pay $7.3 million after a Los Angeles court ruled in favor of Gaye’s family, stating the song stole from Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up”.

“Younger producers like myself and Pharrell, we make records that are influenced by other records that are out there,” Dupri said. “That’s how hip-hop has always been created — it has some kind of element of something (from) the past. Or sometimes we just take the entire sample and we give the artist the credit for that sample. We’ve all been in a position where it could go like this or we can give the producer the credit.”

Ciara’s “I Bet” video, which debuted last Monday has already racked up over 5.9 million views on YouTube.