Report: Ariana Grande & David Guetta Sued For Copyright Infringement Over ‘One Last Time’

Published: Wednesday 24th Aug 2016 by Rashad

After a career of fielding attacks from Mariah Carey fans for allegedly copying the legendary diva’s vocal stylings, Ariana Grande is headed from the charts to the courtroom according to recent documents indicating the pint sized powerhouse has been sued for her song ‘One Last Time’ (featured on her second chart-topping album ‘My Everything’).

Written by David GuettaRami Yacoub, and Carl Falk and released on Republic Records (part of the Universal Music Group family), the suit – brought forth by songwriter Alex Greggs – names Grande, Guetta, Yacoub, Falk, and the labels as the perpetrators who intentionally plagiarized a song he wrote for Boston-bred pop artist Skye Stevens called ‘Takes All Night.’

He’s seeking a whopping $150,000 per infringement in damages.  More details below:


‘…Greggs alleges that “One Last Time” and “Takes All Night” bear similarities “so striking that it is highly likely the works were not created independently of one another,” noting the chorus and lyrics of Grande’s version as a primary catalyst for the legal action.

The lawsuit states, “Although the rhythm of the two compositions may differ to accommodate the prosody of the lyrics, there is substantial similarity on the most important rhythmic placement of the pitches on strong melodic and harmonic beats…” as well as “the use of the lyric statement ‘take(s) [or taking] you home’ as the final lyric statement…”‘

Listen to the two below and tell us if you agree with Greggs’ assessment:

Note:  This isn’t the first time the donut-licking diva has been slammed with claims of plagiarism.  She’s fielded allegations for ‘One Last Time’s video (read more here), her song ‘Be Alright’ (read more here), and a number of other reported claims of copying.

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  1. Ughhhh August 24, 2016

    That’s why you should write your own damn music and stop letting these Dj’s who are known to “borrow” do it for you.

    • LISA LEVINE August 25, 2016

      Mariah Carey fans don’t harrass her, they just don’t appreciate her “talent”. this girl does NOT write songs. This girl does NOT produce records. This girl is not Iconic. She is a puppet for a record company mass produced to “SOUND” like Mariah Carey. The issue is: She has not SOLD any records. She has not received any AWARDS at this age Mariah and Whitney were collecting Grammys. She has a BAD attitude and isn’t Likeable like Christina Aguilera and she is rude to her fans. Her big as f*K for what?

      • Nahh August 25, 2016

        Is it that she’s produced to sound like Mariah Carey or does she just naturally sound like Mariah? I wish y’all would learn to differentiate the two, this girl is so annoyed with the comparisons she doesn’t even hit her whistle register cause she’s afraid y’all gonna compare her online lol

      • Kiii August 25, 2016

        @nahh no, she doesn’t use her whistle register because it’s very weak and underdeveloped, she couldn’t do them live even if she wanted to.

      • Jasmine August 25, 2016

        In response to Nahh. It makes no difference how and why she sounds like Mariah. If you want to be a successful artist you have to have your own unique sound. People compared Toni Braxton to Anita Baker when she first came out but Toni was quick to capitalize on her own unique sound so the comparisons stopped right away. If Ariana wants to be successful she has to sound different with a unique sound. Period.

  2. RihNavy August 24, 2016

    A Rihanna T.

    • Rihboy August 25, 2016

      More like a bey. Lemonade is literally all samples. A mixtape.

      • Molly #TheMostRelevantBitch August 25, 2016


      • HailLegendBeysus August 25, 2016

        Sample credits for Anti
        “Work” contains an interpolation of “If You Were Here Tonight” (1985) performed by Alexander O’Neal, written by Monte Moir.
        “Same Ol’ Mistakes” is a cover version of “New Person, Same Old Mistakes” (2015) performed by Tame Impala, written by Kevin Parker.
        “Never Ending” contains interpolations from the composition “Thank You” (2000) performed by Dido, written by Dido Armstrong and Paul Herman.
        “Higher” contains elements from “Beside You” (1970) performed by The Soulful Strings, written by Jerry Butler, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
        “Love On The Brain” contains elements from “I’d Rather Go Blind” (1968) performed by Etta James, written by Etta James, Ellington Jordan and Billy Foster.
        “Goodnight Gotham” contains an interpolation of “Only If for a Night” (2011) performed by Florence and the Machine, written by Paul Epworth and Florence Welch.
        Sample credits for Lemonade
        “Hold Up” contains elements of “Can’t Get Used to Losing You”, written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, performed by Andy Williams; portions of “Turn My Swag On”, written and performed by Soulja Boy, and elements of “Maps”, written and performed by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
        “Don’t Hurt Yourself” contains samples of “When the Levee Breaks”, written and performed by Led Zeppelin.
        “6 Inch” contains samples of “Walk On By”, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, performed by Isaac Hayes; and an interpolation of “My Girls”, written by Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist, performed by Animal Collective.
        “Freedom” contains samples of “Let Me Try”, written by Frank Tirado, performed by Kaleidoscope; samples of “Collection Speech/Unidentified Lining Hymn”, recorded by Alan Lomax in 1959, performed by Reverend R.C. Crenshaw; and samples of “Stewball”, recorded by Alan Lomax and John Lomax, Sr. in 1947, performed by Prisoner “22” at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.
        “All Night” contains a sample of “SpottieOttieDopaliscious”, written and performed by OutKast featuring Sleepy Brown.
        STOP! Auntie has 6 songs that contain samples. Lemonade has 5. But I expect nothing from an idiot that tried making an argument that Auntie was 100% original and contained no samples! ?☕?☕?☕

      • HailLegendBeysus August 25, 2016

        STOP! Auntie has 6 songs that contain samples. Lemonade has 5. I posted the list of song writing samples for each album but it’s being held for moderation ?. But anyway I expect nothing from an idiot that tried making an argument that Auntie was 100% original and contained no samples! ?☕?☕?☕

  3. Me August 25, 2016

    His song literally sounds like everysong released in 2008 -_-… Bruh f*** outta here with the BS the songs are not similar enough to think someone copied his unoriginal song smh

    • Ughhhh August 25, 2016

      You can literally sing one last time to the other song. The beat and chorus lyrics are almost the same. The concept is exactly the same.

      • Me August 25, 2016

        even if that was the case which its not. That song sounds like every electro pop song released when it was a trend back in ’08 so way to many songs to name that this song copies.

    • Hmmm… August 25, 2016

      Yeah all of those songs sound alike tbh. His song is also making me hear pieces from Usher- DJ got us falling in love again.

  4. B_Roni August 25, 2016

    Well she will probably make that money back at the vmas lol. And speaking of vmas, I heard Rihanna is performing with drake.

  5. #TeamTinashe Stan August 25, 2016

    “This isn’t the first time the donut-licking diva has been slammed with claims of plagiarism.”

    I can NOT and will NOT today!!

  6. Indie August 25, 2016

    To be honest 95% of all those type of Dance tracks all sound the same even his track has elements of some of Chris Brown and Ushers dance songs, it’s bogus and Ari has nothing to do with it anyway it’s down to the writers

  7. August 25, 2016

    In my opinion, I agree with Indie, most these type of dance tracks all sound the same.

  8. meme August 25, 2016

    Yes most of these type of dance records have similar beats but in this case the structure is way too similar. You can tell that David’s team used this song’s structure and just changed the lyrics. Im ok with artist using the similar writing formats to different beats, or similar beats with a different writing format, but when you have both the same writing format and beat….its a wrap, pay these people their money.

  9. Jasmine August 25, 2016

    Well someone should sue Skye Stevens over ‘Takes All Night’ because I hear samples of other songs in his song that were released a few years earlier than his. Who is to say Ariana’s song did not sample and copy from one of those songs instead of his? Nothing original about either song’s production or writing. This guy is just looking for a quick 100K and filed this suit in hopes Ariana’s label will pay him 100K to drop the case.

  10. Nowd Reddish tran ivy blobukz Need UK timely Ukuno eremixi August 25, 2016

    Somebody will lose their case

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