[Photo by: Lana Del Rey/Facebook]
UPDATE: Jan. 9, 2018 1:58 P.M.
Following Lana Del Rey's previous Tweet, where she said Radiohead's lawyers “have been relentless” in their persistence for “100 percent of the publishing,” a spokesperson for Warner/Chappell has issued a statement to Pitchfork denying the existence of a lawsuit.
They explain that “no lawsuit has been issued” and clarified that Radiohead has not said they will “only accept 100 percent of the publishing of 'Get Free.'”
Read the publisher's statement in full below:
As Radiohead's music publisher, it's true that we've been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey's representatives. It's clear that the verses of “Get Free” use musical elements found in the verses of “Creep” and we've requested that this be acknowledged in favour of all writers of “Creep.” To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they “will only accept 100%” of the publishing of “Get Free.”
ORIGINAL: Jan. 9, 2018 11:47 A.M.
The pop sensation was accused by Radiohead of “ripping off” their song “Creep” after similarities were noticed between her track “Get Free” and Radiohead's 1993 hit. The song is the last track on Rey's fifth album Lust for Life, which landed at No. 1 after its release last year.
It was previously reported that “Radiohead’s team are hoping for the band to either receive compensation or be credited on the list of songwriters to receive royalties.”
However, in Del Rey’s newest update, she says they are asking for 100 percent of the publishing. “I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100,” she explains.
It’s true about the lawsuit. Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) January 7, 2018
In a video that has since been removed from YouTube, Del Rey told fans that the song, which she calls “my personal manifesto,” might be removed from future editions of Lust For Life.
“I just want to let you know that, regardless of if it gets taken down off of everything, that those sentiments that I wrote, I really am still going to strive for them, even if that song is not on future physical releases of the record,” Del Rey said to her Denver audience, as Stereogum reports.
The comment section on the track's YouTube is filled with users arguing the similarities between the two tracks. One user writes: “Really love Lana Del Rey but this song like ‘Creep’ from Radiohead,” while another disagrees, “I think the melody might be inspired by it and similar, but it’s definitely not a complete rip off. They are two completely different songs.”
You can listen to the two tracks below.