Bad news for Selena Gomez + the Scene! The starlet and her band are embroiled in a lawsuit for $1 million by a group of songwriters claiming she ripped off of one of their songs for her hit âA Year Without Rain.â
The four songwriters in the suit are Tom Luce, Brian Kroll, Matt Blackett and Lawrence Riggs. They claim that Gomezâs song is nearly identical to their track âBuy a Dogâ â" not in lyrics, obviously, but in structure. The parts in question are the melodies in the chorus. The suit alleges that Gomezâs team stole the melodies from their song, thereby infringing on the songâs copyright. Seeing as the songwriters never granted Gomez nor her team permission to use the melodies and she still wound up profiting off of them, they want their fair share of the cash, as well as damages.
Gomezâs camp so far has no comment on the lawsuit, which weâre not sure will hold much water in court.
You can listen to both tracks below. While there are slight similarities, it seems like a real stretch because the songs themselves are completely different. We doubt Sel had any idea the âBuy a Dogâ song existed, though we admit itâs a pretty catchy tune (and the video is adorable).
Watch Luce, âBuy a Dogâ Video
Watch Selena Gomez, âA Year Without Rainâ Video