It’s been more than twenty years since Madonna released Vogue, but that doesn’t mean she can’t get sued over it. According to E! News, the executives over at VMG are claiming that in the past twenty years it has become technologically possible for them to discover (in Vogue) a hidden sample from a remix they created to the 1977 song Love Break. Apparently the same guy who they hired to make that remix is the guy who worked on Vogue. Uh-oooh! Deets inside.
In the suit, the company claims, “The portions of “Love Break, which have been copied into Vogue and all its various “mixes,” “remixes” videos, YouTube versions, etc. are numerous but intentionally hidden. The horn and strings in Vogue are intentionally sampled from “Love Break” throughout.”
Music producer Richard “Shep” Pettibone, who was originally hired by VMG to remix various editions of “Love Break” and later worked on “Vogue,” is also mentioned in the suit, with the company claiming Pettibone “intentionally disguised the sampling he did in ‘Vogue.’”
“The unauthorized sampling was deliberately hidden by [Madonna] within “Vogue” so as to avoid detection. It was only when VMG specifically looked for the sample, with the technology available to it in 2011, that the sampling could be confirmed,” VMG said.
The company claims it gave WB Records and Madonna a notice of copyright infringement in July 2011 and again in February 2012.
VMG is seeking damages “in addition to [Madonna's] profits that are attributable to the copyrighted material.”
Madonna’s reps have not yet responded to requests for comment.
Read more here.
We’ve heard about some interesting celebrity suits lately– I think we all agreed that the Bieber concert thing sounded totally bogus. But does this seem at all possible to you guys? Madonna has lost some suits over her music in the past; will she be settling out of court with this one as well?
Check out both song below and let me know. Love Break is actually called Ooh, I Love It (Love Break) and it’s performed by Salsoul Orchestra. Checkie out: