May 30, 2016

    Bieber's Sorry stole my riff: White Hinterland


    AN INDIE pop singer has filed a copyright violation lawsuit against Justin Bieber, saying the superstar stole the distinctive vocal riff in his hit Sorry from her.

    Casey Dienel - who performs under the stage name White Hinterland - said she was entitled to "substantial" profits from Bieber's song.

    Ring The Bell, a track from her third album Baby, released in 2014, opens with a repeated four-note progression in her airy voice. Sorry, from the Canadian celebrity singer's album Purpose, released in November, is also built on a repeated vocal riff interspersed with a dance beat.

    "An ordinary lay listener would instantly recognise the sample and similarity between the songs," said the lawsuit filedin Nashville.

    The complaint alleges that Bieber's team took Ring The Bell as a sample and distorted it electronically without her permission.

    Bieber did not immediately comment on the lawsuit.