Black Eyed Peas: Super Bowl Show and Copyright Troubles
It has been an eventful week for the Black Eyed Peas. As they work the press circuit and prepare for the release of their new album “The Beginning” next week they got some good news, and some familiar bad news.
The good news is that they were officially announced as the halftime entertainment for this year’s Super Bowl to be held in the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. With a TV audience in the tens of millions (if not hundreds of millions worldwide) it is a huge honor for any act to play the halftime show. More importantly is that the Black Eyed Peas are the first pop act to play the halftime show since the now infamous Janet Jackson incident in 2004. Since then the organizers of the halftime show have been very safe and stuck strictly to classic rock acts (with the possible exception of Prince in 2007, but Prince is far passed his assless pants days and is pretty safe now).
The not so good, but somewhat familiar news, for the Black Eyed Peas is that another producer is claiming that they may have used his music. The producer, Joel Thomas Zimmerman who goes by the name dadmau5, said that after a few friends of his tweeted him about the similarities of the new Black Eyed Peas song “The Time” and a piece of music he had written so he looked into it. At first, he claims, he dismissed it until he heard a high hat cymbal. He said when he heard that high hat something just clicked so he went to his original digital masters and compared his track with theirs and found some waveform similarities.
While Zimmerman goes on to say that he likes the part of the song that appears to include his sample, he is not a fan of the vocals saying, “I rather enjoy that minimal bit of the tune…(however the 80’s remake vocals can fuck off and die).” He claims he is not mad at them and it doesn’t sound like he is going to sue, but that he finds their sample more of an interesting factoid.
This is not the first time the Black Eyed Peas have been accused of using other people’s music. In January of 2010 a singer named Phoenix Phenom claimed BEP took their hit song “Boom Boom Pow” without paying for it. In July of 2009 Adam Freeland claimed that they took one of his tracks for their song “Party All The Time” and most recently Bryan Pringle filed a lawsuit against the Black Eyed Peas claiming they plagiarized his song “Take a Dive” for the smash hit “I Gotta Feeling.”
So it seems the cycle begins again for the Black Eyed Peas. They release a new album, get a high profile gig and end up being accused of using other people’s music to make their hit songs. I guess the saying everything old is new again really is true.
We are a little excited to see the Black Eyed Peas perform in the Super Bowl. Not so excited to see any new lawsuits.
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