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John Legend Accused Of Song Stealing!!!

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No! NO! Not John Legend! The man is a serious, accomplished artist! We just can't believe he would stoop so low! We can't! We won't!

Then again, if you listen close enough…

John is being sued by a songwriter from New Jersey this week, who claims he passed a demo off to John in 2004, which he then in turn used to write his song "Maxine's Interlude" in 2006. The fella, Anthony Stokes, in his lawsuit insist the song is identical to his track "Where Are You Now?" Anthony wants John to stop selling the track as his own as well as give him unspecified damages.

Uh, a little late for this, don't you think? Where were you for the last five years while this song was being played??? We're suspicious of you!

Check out the video (above) to hear snippets of the two songs. See if you can hear any similarities between them,

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9 comments to “John Legend Accused Of Song Stealing!!!”

  1. 1

    Is this guy fer real? His song is NOTHING compared to John Legend. Not to mention this track follows the song titled "Where Did My Baby Go," which is NOTHING like his song. The only similarity is the line "Where are you now?" which Legend totally connects to the previous song. And seriously, who complains about this stuff five years later? I call bull shit on this one.

  2. 2

    I'm a John Legend fan, but I still think the songs sound very similar. On your point Perez, I believe Stokes is still within the "statute of limitations" law requirement, so I say he has a good case.

  3. 3

    Ouch! Nearly identical.

    He's in trouble.

    And by the way, Perez, not everybody listens to radio 24 hours a day.

  4. 4

    No way! John Legend used the same key of music and the words "Where" "are" and "you". Dude needs to stop being greedy. There are only so many keys that a piano can be played in and those three words are the some of the most common in the dictionary. John Legend's "Maxine's Interlude" craps on anything this other dude can think of. I wouldn't take this case. No evidence.

  5. 5

    As an entertainment lawyer myself, I would not even touch this case. This gentleman is going to end up paying lawyer fees and court costs and not receiving a nickel in return. The chords are not the same. Period. If you want to hear a blatant rip off, listen to George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" next to "He's So Fine". That was a case. Remember kids, there are only A,B,C,D,E,F, and G, the flats and sharps with the exception of B,C, and E,F. Eventually, someone is going to play (drum Roll) The Same Chords! Plus, John Legends entire career is doing severely watered down versions of real gritty R&B and gospel songs. I put him on when I want people to leave my parties.

  6. 6

    I can hear it (a little). With the chords played 'backwards ' and the 'Where are you now' s i can kinda hear Mr.Stokes' complaint. But really man? Why now? It's not like you just heard the song, the album was a hit!

  7. 7

    Perez, just because something comes to light now doesn't mean it hasn't been happening for the past couple of years. Investigations take a very long time, usually more than a year. Before anything becomes public, there's usually at least a good year or two of background work. Yeah, its 5 years later but maybe he didn't know about it until recently or maybe its taken this long to prove and come up with a case.

  8. 8

    shady but not as shady as COLDPLAY

    with all the interscrewing going on in the world maybe they are just secret twins ?

  9. 9

    tough case! they are a bit diffrent but its weird how John used the phrase "Where r you now" in his version as well. it seems that he was inspired by this other guys song. he might have a shot in court..and inregards him saying something now after year..well believe or not Perez, it could happen. It happen to a producer i know. He produced for this artist and years after i was playing my ipod and this song came on and he noticed the similarities. he had summited the song to the producers who produced this track that was being played on the radio now. He never heard the song before until I showed it to him since he rarely listens to that genre of music. this doesnt mean i'm siding, i'm just saying that things like this could happen after years. You need to be a musician or an artist to understand and see the possibilities.