@wordsbykristin: Will Rick Astley’s Yung Gravy Lawsuit Dampen Pop’s Nostalgia Kick?

[Editor Charlie sez: hot pro artist tip from Chris, “Don’t say this in press interviews: “as Gravy told Billboard months ago, he and his collaborators instead “basically remade the whole song,” in the studio. “[We] had a different singer and instruments, but it was all really close because it makes it easier legally,” he said.”]

Some say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but according to a new lawsuit, singer Rick Astley disagrees.

Astley filed a lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles court claiming that while Yung Gravy and his collaborators secured rights to re-record the melody and lyrics of some of his 1987 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” for their track “Betty (Get Money),” they recorded it too close to the original and infringed on his “right of publicity” by “flagrantly impersonat[ing]” Astley’s voice.

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