Nicki Minaj is being sued by Clive Tanaka because he claims she committed copyright infringement by stealing his song to create “Starships.” The Chicago Tribune reports on Sept. 11 that Tanaka is considered a reclusive electronic artist, and there is little information about his background. He states Minaj stole the music from his “Neu Chicago” track.
Tanaka has filed a copyright infringement case in Chicago, but he is not likely to make a court appearance. His lawyer claims he is producing music overseas and prefers to stay out of the spotlight. The lawsuit also lists several writers responsible for “Starships” and RedOne.
Minaj has not publicly responded to the lawsuit or Tanaka’s claims. The electronic artist produced “Neu Chicago” in 2011, and he claims RedOne and others could have heard the song being used in commercials in Sweden since they were living in this country. In addition, the song was available online in the United States. His lawyers argue the similarities between the two songs cannot be ignored.
Tanaka actually posted a combination of “Starships” and “Neu Chicago” on SoundCloud and labeled it “Neu Starships” to prove that the songs were similar. Minaj’s song was on the Hot 100 chart list from Billboard for weeks and set a record. On YouTube, Tanaka’s song has more than 100,000 views while Minaj’s song has more than 146 million views. Tanaka does not do live shows or press conferences and prefers to avoid the spotlight.