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Beyoncé sued for $7m by backing singer over plagiarism

2015-06-15 13:16

Los Angeles - Beyoncé is being sued by a backing singer for $7m.

The 33-year-old star and her company Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records have been taken to court over her hit XO after Ahmad Lane (known by his stage name Javon) filed a federal lawsuit claiming she had stolen the music for the track.

Ahmad alleges that Beyoncé's current backing singer Chrissy Collins gave her a copy of his song XOXO after he passed on the track to her when the pair were working together for another artist.

However, the Grammy Award-winner has vehemently denied the claims in court documents obtained by Radar Online.

The response reads: "The two works at issue are entirely different songs that share no lyrical or musical similarity, other than perhaps the letters X and O.

"The two songs are distinct from a thematic perspective.

"[They have different] melodic content and there is no meaningful similarity in pitch series, rhythm or rhythmic patterns, melodic development or structure."

The Crazy In Love hitmaker also states that Ahmad hasn't filed a "copyright registration" for his track and asks for the $7m payment to be dropped.

Listen to the two songs below:

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