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“XO” isn’t the biggest song off Beyonces self-titled album, but it’s one of the best. It’s also the one that’s getting her sued.

Last November, backup singer Ahmad Javon Lane publicly accused Beyonce of stealing his “XOXO” to make “XO.” He officially sued her last year, and it’s only just now that she’s decided to defend herself against the $7 million, according to Radar.

Beyonce’s defense was what most in her shoes would’ve done: She’s Beyonce, so she has no need to do so. In addition to claiming the two tracks don’t sound alike, Beyonce reportedly said her “17 Grammy awards and 118 million records sold” made such an accusation ridiculous. Lane also apparently never filed a “copyright registration” for his song.

Beyonce sounds confident, but everything is in question after that Marvin Gaye/Robin Thicke verdict. We’ll update as the story develops, but for now, listen for yourself below to see if you spot any similarities.

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5 thoughts on “Beyonce Is Being Sued $7 Million For Allegedly Stealing “XO”

  1. Musicians, comedians, authors, just about everybody “samples” or uses ideas that others have used…it’s hard to tell when it’s “stealing” and when it’s being “inspired” by someone else…lots of the great rock and roll music by Creem and other supergroups of the late 1960s and early 1970s was inspired, even directly copied, from American Blues musicians…

  2. This is the same damn song. This is not the first time Beyonce has stolen someone else’s music. I like her and I can definitely tell when the track is written by her and not someone else. If he didn’t get a copyright, this doesn’t give you the right to steal it. I wish I were on the jury for this.

  3. MacBen on said:

    Kelly Clarkson should be suing Michelle Williams for copying Breakaway (unless they had some prior deal) because her Believe in Me track is a direct melody and tempo jack!

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