Nicki Minaj has prevailed in part of the ongoing legal dispute with Tracy Chapman over “Sorry,” a 2018 Minaj single that contains elements of a 1988 Chapman song. The uncleared song was pulled from Minaj’s album Queen but got leaked, sparking the lawsuit.
It’s a complex matter, but Minaj recorded the song, then learned it accidentally contained elements of Chapman’s “Baby Can I Hold You.” Via VIBE:
She reached out to Chapman to get permission to use the song but was ultimately turned down. Since she couldn’t get legal clearance, the track never made it to the Queen album, but Chapman’s attorneys accused Minaj of leaking the track to Funkmaster Flex. Although Minaj confirmed sending Flex an Instagram message about the song, she denies actually sending it. “I had a change of heart,” she later testified. “I never sent the recording.”
Here’s the original track by Chapman:
Watching this at .75 speed allows comparison for now. There will be more legal drama around this, as the leaker will likely be identified. Everyone currently denies leaking it.
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