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Lizzo Faces A Second Plagiarism Charge For “Truth Hurts”

Lizzo is now facing a second accusation of plagiarism for her massive hit song Truth Hurts, and this one has legs.  A songwriter and producer, Justin Raisen, claims that the line “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that bitch” was also the opening line of another song called Healthy, that Justin wrote with Lizzo back in 2017.   The melody is also the same, only in a different key.

Justin posted a comparison video to Instagram, and it’s pretty undeniable. He’s only asking for 5% of songwriting royalties, and says they’ve tried to clear this matter up quietly for the past 2 years, but have been shut down every time.  He also says he’s happy for Lizzo’s success and doesn’t want to be unreasonable.

The question is… can an artist use a line from another song that they co-wrote, without paying the other writers?  Seems to me a hard NO, but we’ll find out soon enough… and the truth may hurt!

 

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The Truth about “Truth Hurts” On April 11th, 2017, we wrote a song called “Healthy” w/ Lizzo, Jesse St John, and Yves Rothman at our studio. “I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch” was taken from “Healthy” and used in “Truth Hurts”. We were never contacted about being credited for the use of the parts of “Healthy” (melody, lyrics, and chords) that appear in “Truth Hurts”. After reaching out to Ricky Reed and Lizzo’s team about fixing it, we put the song in dispute in 2017 when it came out. We’ve tried to sort this out quietly for the last two years, only asking for 5% each but were shutdown every time. Coming forward publicly to family, friends, artists, and colleagues seems to be the only way at this point in relieving some of our emotional distress caused by this. The last thing we want to do is throw any negativity toward Lizzo’s momentum and movement as a cultural figure. If we believe in what she’s preaching, believing in ourselves & our own voices is something we thought she’d understand. Shout out to the singer Mina Lioness ( @minalioness ) for tweeting “I just did a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch”. A meme of that came up in our writing session & inspired the lyric and melody we wrote together. If Ricky and Lizzo’s team decide to settle this dispute with us, we would like to share some of the proceeds with Mina for her influence on Healthy. The clip below shows a video & photos from the day we wrote “Healthy” along with the comparisons between the two works. All the Love, Justin & Jeremiah Raisen #lizzo #truthhurts #healthy #billboard

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