Over the weekend, several media outlets reported that Radiohead is suing Lana Del Rey saying that there are too many similarities between her song “Get Free” off her new album "Lust for Life" and their song “Creep.” That same day, Del Rey confirmed what’s happening.
Lana took to her Twitter to explain.
It’s true about the lawsuit. Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing - I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) January 7, 2018
Currently Lana Del Rey, Kieron Menzies, and Rick Nowels are the credited writers for “Get Free.” Now fair is fair and listeners have noticed echoes of "Creep" on Lana's piece. But there is no need to be greedy.
People were quick to remind Radiohead that they were in a similar predicament awhile back with “Creep”. Their 1992 hit credited Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, the writers of “The Air That I Breathe” from the Hollies. Their lawsuit reached a compromise when the band owned up to similarities between the songs.
Radiohead were sued by The Hollies and now Radiohead are suing Lana Del Ray? Utter madness!— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) January 7, 2018
The publishers usually go for everything but the artist can and should reach a comfortable and fair compromise. Since the song does not entirely belong to Radiohead or The Hollies, why should they get everything. The song is not exactly like 'Creep'. @LanaDelRey @radiohead https://t.co/PLZJJ1P98U— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) January 7, 2018
Twitter had a few thoughts on the situation as a whole.
Lana Del Rey’s song Get Free is extremely similar to Creep, so Radiohead are suing.— Mitch Benn (@MitchBenn) January 7, 2018
Presumably on behalf of Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, who wrote The Air That I Breathe.
Radiohead is suing Lana Del Rey for copyright infringement because Thom Yorke thought he was the only poet who could make beautiful, dreamy, depressing music.— Alex Hooper (@HooperHairPuff) January 7, 2018
Radiohead got sued by The Hollies, because creep was a rip off of the air that I breathe. Now Radiohead are suing Lana Del Rey for ripping off creep.— Gareth Icke (@garethicke) January 7, 2018
It's like suing someone for breaking the window of the house you're squatting in.
whoa.. from what i can figure, this radiohead / lana del rey lawsuit is allen klein-level uncool. even if she did rip them off, to settle for nothing less than 100% of the publishing is just vindictive & gross.— matt nathanson (@mattnathanson) January 7, 2018
Literally they owe royalties to the Hollies for The Air That I Breathe and you were even generous enough to offer 40 when they deserve none— 𝒮𝓉𝒶𝓇 𝒢𝒾𝓇𝓁 (@MsLizzyGrant) January 7, 2018
Reps for Lana and Radiohead have yet to speak out any further from the Tweet. So it look like this is just the beginning.
Take a listen for yourselves.