Madonna? Steal someone else’s music?! She would NEVER!
And now a California judge agrees!
The honorable Beverly O’Connell ruled in favor of her Madgesty in a court case that accused the Queen of Pop of stealing the sample used in her song Vogue!
Madonna and her producer Robert “Shep” Pettibone were sued by VMG Salsoul who claimed a piece of their musical property was used illegally in the hit single!
The 1976 composition Love Break features two sections that do sound similar to ones heard in Vogue and the plaintiffs alleged that it took new technology to discover the sample, which they say was deliberately hidden in Madonna’s song!
Judge O’Connell’s verdict however read as followed:
"Having listened to the sound recordings of Chicago Bus Stop, Love Break and Vogue, the Court finds that no reasonable audience would find the sampled portions qualitatively or quantitatively significant in relation to the infringing work, nor would they recognize the appropriation. The Court finds that any sampling of the Horn Hit was de minimis or trivial.”
So want to hear these horn hits in question?
First, listen to Vogue. The horns come in at :56 seconds and 1:02 but let’s be honest; you’re going to listen to this song start to finish! SO GOOD!
Okay, now listen to Love Break. The horns can be heard at 5:13 and 5:15.
It’s close, but even if they are identical, those horns are NOT the reason! We can’t help but get up and vogue every time we hear that tune!
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