On the six month anniversary of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performing ‘Shallow’ at The Oscars and the one year anno of them kicking off their unforgettable A Star Is Born promo tour, the singers are being threatened with a multi-million dollar lawsuit.
Page Six reports that some bloke by the name of Steve Ronsen claims that Gaga stole the melody of her A Star Is Born hit from his 7-year-old SoundCloud song called ‘Always’.
The publication adds that prior to their report, the song had but 300 streams in total but now has oodles more, albeit mostly from angry Little Monsters (Lady Gaga stans) who flooded the comments section with furious remarks until Ronsen disabled commenting.
Although the lyrics to both songs are totally different, Ronsen is basing his claim on three notes of the hook (G, A, and B, for the musically inclined).
Gaga’s legal team refuted the case by stating that this note progression is extremely common in music, dating back centuries.
An insider told Cosmopolitan that Lady Gaga is “outraged” by the claims and “intends to fight it to the very end.”
Even if the chords are the same, if Ronsen wants to win the “millions and millions” he’s asking for, he’ll need to prove Gaga was one of those 300 people who had access to his song in the first place.
Gaga’s attorney Orin Snyder released the following statement on the matter:
“Mr. Ronsen and his lawyer are trying to make easy money off the back of a successful artist. It is shameful and wrong. I applaud Lady Gaga for having the courage and integrity to stand up on behalf of successful artists who find themselves on the receiving end of opportunistic claims such as this. Should Mr. Shirian proceed with this case, Lady Gaga will fight it vigorously and will prevail.”
And here’s what Ronsen’s attorney said in response:
“In an effort to amicably resolve this matter months ago, my office provided Lady Gaga’s legal team, at their request, with an official report from a renowned and respected musicologist and professor who determined that there are significant tempo, melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic similarities between the two ‘hooks’ of the songs at issue. Lady Gaga’s team has yet to provide my office with an opposing musicologist report, which we have requested multiple times.”
Lady Gaga’s attorney then refuted Ronsen’s musicology accusation with the following clap back:
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“We provided Mr. Shirian a lengthy letter with the findings of multiple leading musicologists, each of whom found no actionable similarities between the two songs. Even Shirian’s own musicologist acknowledged the generic three-note progression is present in many other songs predating his client’s song.”