Truth Hurts ADDICTIVE – How Bollywood Runs To The Courts When Tables Are Turned

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Truth Hurts ADDICTIVE: Last week saw Dr Zeus locked in a war of words with Sony Music India. The heated exchange was over his song ‘Don’t Be Shy’. The song was used for a new Bollywood film Bala. It was reworked and no credits for the original song were given to Zeus. This was not the first time that Bollywood had pulled such a move and unfortunately it seems they keep getting away with it. In 2002 when the tables were turned on Bollywood, not only did they use their weight and stop a release but also almost killed the career of a new artist.

The song was ‘Addictive’ by singer ‘Truth Hurts’. The song blew upon release and the whole word was loving it, well except for those in Bollywood. Bollywood slapped a $500,000,000 lawsuit on Dr Dre and Truth Hurts!

Truth Hurts talked about her thoughts and the whole situation with Hip Hop DX :

Truth Hurts talks Addictive: My first feeling was, “Why didn’t [DJ Quik] clear the damn sample!” [Laughs] My brother was my attorney. I remember then so much paperwork was coming through to him to clear samples on other tracks that we had on the [Truthfully Speaking] album. I was like, “You ain’t get that paperwork for ‘Addictive?’” He was like, “No, we never got no paperwork for ‘Addictive.’” I was like, “What!” It was each producer’s responsibility to clear their own samples.

We did like 50 songs for the album. Everybody had to clear everything upfront before it made the album. I just didn’t know how that slipped through the cracks. I had no idea, but it did. That was my initial thought. Then once I found out more about the lawsuit, I was like, “Wait a minute…” They saw the opportunity and decided to go for it – which is usually the case. People want to sue [Dr. Dre]. I don’t know why. He has this stigma on him. People are always coming after him with a lawsuit. Some of them actually make it to court and some of them don’t. Everybody wants money. You know how it goes.

$500,000,000 is a crazy amount of money, but no one saw a penny of it according to Truth Hurts.

Instead, the song was simply removed from shelves and playlists everywhere. An injunction was placed on the song and as Truth Hurts explained further to Hip Hop DX, that then led to the end of her career at Aftermath Records owned by Dre Dre

Truth hurts The Injunction and circumstances:

Not on performing the song. There was an injunction put on the credits. They took it off the shelves. It was supposed to be properly credited then put back on the shelves. At the time, I thought that Interscope [Records] would completely give up on my career and shelve me also because once they had to pay their lawyers to go through the lawsuit, I said let me see if I can get away while I can and maybe sever ties. Me and Dre talked about it and he said, “If you really want to go and you think this will disrupt your relationship with Interscope, then you go ahead.”

I was like, “You would let me go?” He released me [from Aftermath Entertainment]and said if I want to go, I can go. So I did. I found out later that they just took the record off the shelves. There was no money contributed. The record was never put back on the shelves because I left Interscope. From there, the record stayed off the shelves. People look for it now and want to buy it but you can’t buy it. You can’t purchase it anywhere unless it’s used.

This MTV article on the song highlights how the injunction was decided: 

An Indian composer has won a court injunction halting the sale of Dr. Dre protégé Truth Hurts’ debut album and single based on claims that the hit song, “Addictive,” sampled one of his compositions without credit.

A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled on Monday that “Addictive” must be removed from shelves unless composer Bappi Lahiri’s name is added to the credits, according to Lahiri’s attorney, Geoffrey Spellberg.

Likening the unauthorized sampling of the song to “cultural imperialism,” Lahiri filed suit against Dre, his Aftermath Records label, and parent company Interscope/Universal Music Group, citing uncredited use of the Hindi song “Thoda Resham Lagta Hai,” composed by Lahiri for the 1987 Indian film “Jhoothi.”

Lahiri is seeking compensatory damages in excess of $1 million as a result of the failure to give credit and the loss of his ability to properly promote his music in the United States, Spellberg said. The figure represents a combination of the profits Lahiri’s attorneys said the sales of Truth Hurts’ music has reaped for Universal along with the losses suffered by their client. Universal was given the choice of pulling all product from the shelves or affixing a sticker with Lahiri’s credit on copies of the album still in stores. An Interscope spokesperson said the label had no comment on the judgment.

The composer claimed that the song’s producer, West Coast rapper DJ Quik, sampled more than four minutes of Lahiri’s track on “Addictive”; Truth Hurts’ debut album, Truthfully Speaking, has sold more than 324,000 copies, according to SoundScan.

In September, an attorney for the Indian label that released Lahiri’s original version filed a $500 million copyright infringement suit against Dre and Universal/Interscope in Texas (see “Dr. Dre, Interscope Stung With $500 Million Lawsuit Over ‘Addictive'”). The lawsuit was recently transferred to Los Angeles and is awaiting a trial date, according to Spellberg.

Dre’s attorney, Howard King, said he had not seen Monday’s verdict and was not involved in the hearing. “Because Dre didn’t write, produce or perform on the song, but the album happens to be on his label, he was named as a defendant,” King said. “He had zero to do with the creative elements and the use or non-use of any particular work.”

For his part, Quik said he stumbled upon the track on television.

“I woke up one morning, … I turned on the TV and landed on this Hindi channel and just turned it up real loud,” Quik explained last summer. “There was a commercial on, and I just got up and went into the bathroom and started brushing my teeth. … Before I knew it, I was grooving. … [The beat on the TV] was just in my body. I went back in there and looked at the TV — there was a girl on there belly dancing, just like real fly. So I pushed record on the VCR.”

According to a statement from Lahiri’s lawyers. A similar version of “Addictive” with credit to the songwriter has been marketed by Universal in India. “Since Universal does give the credit when selling into the Indian market where Mr. Lahiri is hugely popular, and then fails to give credit on U.S. sales, it appears to us that Universal is only interested in providing the appropriate musical credit if Universal perceives a financial advantage,” wrote Lahiri’s co-counsel, Anthony Kornarens, in a statement issued after the ruling Monday.

In this new Social media-driven world, people from all walks of life are getting called out when credits are not given. But how long will Bollywood continually keep going to the well of Punjabi music without leaving credits?

Check out this video from 1minute in and see how Bollywood’s biggest music director blatantly took music from the west to Bombay. Without credits!

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