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Songwriter Brings Usher To Court Over Hit Song Burn!

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You wouldn't steal another person's song, would'ja Usher???

We've just learned that Usher has been brought to court by songwriter Ernest Lee Straughter, who's accusing the singer of stealing the song Burn from him!

Apparently, the case was brought in front of a judge last month, who decided that there was "sufficient possibility" that plagiarism had taken place, after accepting a musicologist's report that noted "substantial similarity" between Usher's song and Straughter's track The Reasons Why.

According to Slaughter, his track was featured on an album by R&B group Reel Tight in 1998 under the name No More Pain.

Before the case is brought in front of a jury, Usher's attorneys are attempting to convince the judge to "re-examine whether there was any chance he was familiar with Straughter’s work."

So far, it looks like Straughter is winning this one, but Usher's team is doing everything in their power to change the judge's mind.

Check out the two songs (above) and let us know if U think that Usher is guilty of plagiarism.

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13 comments to “Songwriter Brings Usher To Court Over Hit Song Burn!”



  1. 1

    Wait… Let it Burn came out some like 5 years ago.. why is this guy just now suing? Seems like another money seeker if you ask me.



  2. 2

    Re: MsJules – agreed! they should've said something when it came out. it was a single and quite big if i remember correctly. money-seekers!! all of usher songs sound the same anyways … that kind of music in general was big back then. not plagarism.



  3. 3

    I agree it should have been said when the song was released…The songs sound completely different in my opinion anyway.



  4. 4

    someone needs money right now haha. people will do anything nowadays to earn money. so stupid. hey, i got an idea why not sue another artists because their song sounds similar to ours. haha stupid as hell.



  5. 5

    im glad i wasnt the only one who was thinking that this lawsuit came a little……late.



  6. 6

    A blackman stealing something??I'm shocked!! I think it should be news when this jungle bunny doesn't steal anything.haha



  7. 7

    I dont even see much resemblance. I hope Usher wins this one from the fame seeker suing him.



  8. 8

    I really don't see any similarity



  9. 9

    this day in age, nearly every appealing melody and song idea has been used. Nothing is original anymore and every now and then a song might sound like another. Whos this guy kidding?



  10. 10

    I know the song burn inside and out I must have listened to it a million times! Listened to the second song and it sounds NOTHING like it! As different as two songs of the same genre could be!!



  11. 11

    Re: Tash20 – you're just disgusting. Bringing race into this is unnecessary and shows that you are truly a low form of life.



  12. 12

    Re: MsJules – Opps meant for that comment to be to Re: nj2741



  13. 13

    @ Ms Jules It probably took 5 years to get to this point. Sometimes people try to handle things out of court to be fair to the artist and dodge the negative publicity. Those cases takes time just to prove with usher's nicely paid lawyer at your neck so to get this far means he has a good argument.

    I had a song stolen before so I feel the pain of the defendant fighting an big giant.

    The similarities are in the intro(lasting the same amount of bars using the same bkg. instruments n structure), arrangement of the song (ushers follow the same pattern but more faster) and some of the melodies. They will probably settle out of court before/if it goes to trial.