Saturday, January 31, 2015

Rick Ross suing LMFAO over mega-hit 'Party Rock Anthem'

A few summers ago, you couldn't walk down the Jersey Shore boardwalk without seeing neon shirts adorned with the catchphrase "Everyday I'm shufflin'"

Rick Ross suing LMFAO over mega-hit 'Party Rock Anthem'

Rapper Rick Ross (left) and singer RedFoo of LMFAO (right). (Photos via AP)
Rapper Rick Ross (left) and singer RedFoo of LMFAO (right). (Photos via AP)

A few summers ago, you couldn’t walk down the Jersey Shore boardwalk without seeing neon shirts adorned with the catchphrase “Everyday I’m shufflin’” – and you can thank LA-based electropop duo LMFAO for that one. Their infectious hit was everywhere in 2011. Apparel, commercials, radio, clubs – it was endless! And annoying.

The hit, concocted by Stefan Kendal Gorby (Redfoo) and Skyler Austen Gordy (SkyBlu) was the group’s golden ticket to fame. But now, rapper Rick Ross is calling them out on their lyrics that closely mimic his 2006 hit, “Everyday I’m Hustlin’” which was also very successful, but not in the same capacity.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ross is filing a lawsuit against the pair, along with Kolbalt Music Publishing and Kia Motors (who used the song in a commercial), stating: "The use of 'Hustlin' ' in 'Party Rock Anthem' is readily apparent, despite the slight change from 'Everyday I’m hustlin' …' to 'Everyday I'm shufflin' …' and constitutes, inter alia, the creation of an unauthorized derivative work." Also it is "performed in a manner to sound like" Ross' own, and "is an obvious attempt to capitalize on the fame and success of Hustlin'. 

“Party Rock Anthem” went on to sell more than 7.5 million copies and has been licensed for ads, television, movies, videos games, clothing lines and just about everything that the entertainment industry touches.

LMFAO’s team has yet to comment. You can listen to both tracks below.

LMFAO “Party Rock Anthem” (released in 2011)

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Rick Ross “Hustlin’” (released in 2006)

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Gabrielle Bonghi Philly.com
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