2019 American Music Awards

Skrillex on Justin Bieber's 'Sorry' Lawsuit: 'Sorry But We Didn't Steal This'

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Justin Bieber and Skrillex perform at the 2015 Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 in Wantagh, N.Y. 

Skrillex says he and Justin Bieber didn't sample or steal from indie artist White Hinterland on the pop star's hit "Sorry," as was reportedly alleged in a recent lawsuit, and looked to prove it on Friday (May 27) by showing his Twitter followers how they created that vocal loop in question. 

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In a video on Twitter, Skrillex pulled up the original a cappella from the "Sorry" writing sessions and shows how he cut and manipulated co-writer Julia Michaels' vocals to create the section they have been accused of ripping off. 

"SORRY but we didnt steal this," Skrillex posted with the video, tagging Bieber and producer Blood. 

 

Though Skrillex does do a pretty convincing job proving they did not sample White Hinterland on the track, it does not invalidate the lawsuit -- which addresses the similarity of the vocals on both songs. 

Prior to Skrillex's video posting, Diplo -- Skrillex and Bieber's collaborator on the Jack Ü hit "Where Are Ü Now" that helped spark the pop star's comeback -- offered TMZ some opinions on how things have played out. 

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Diplo said he did think that White Hinterland's allegations were probably true that the Bieber song, which was produced and written in part by Skrillex, did sample the indie musician's "Ring the Bell." But he was surprised that they didn't clear it in advance. Diplo said it must have been an oversight caused in part by having so many writers on the track, which he estimated as being between 5-10. He said he was nearly in a similar situation with Beyonce's Lemonade track "All Night," but he caught it in the studio before things got away from them. 

"Somebody added it and then didn't tell anybody, so it's just they should have fact checked it," he said. 

As for what comes next, Diplo predicted that as the song's rights holders Bieber's camp will pay up. 

"They don't want to go to court with it, that'd be like even more money that everybody wastes," he said. 


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