Songwriters Claim Spears Pirated Song
Two musicians have filed a lawsuit against Britney Spears, claiming that a couple of songs on her multiplatinum second Jive album, "Oops! ... I Did It Again," were based on a tune they wrote. PhiladelTwo musicians have filed a lawsuit against Britney Spears, claiming that a couple of songs on her multiplatinum second Jive album, "Oops! ... I Did It Again," were based on a tune they wrote. Philadelphia songwriters Michael Cottrill and Lawrence Wnukowski claim in the lawsuit that they authored, recorded, and copyrighted a song called "What You See Is What You Get" in late 1999 and submitted it to one of Spears' representatives for consideration on a future album.
The song was rejected, the lawsuit says, but the musicians claim that the 20-year-old pop singer later released two songs, "What U See (Is What U Get)" and "Can't Make You Love Me," that were "virtually identical" to the song they submitted.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, names Spears, Zomba Recording Corp., Jive Records, Wright Entertainment Group, and BMG Music Publishing. A call seeking comment from Spears' publicist was not immediately returned.
The liner notes for "Oops! ... I Did it Again" credit both songs to several writers and producers at Cheiron Studios, the Swedish recording studio that also produced hits for the Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, and Celine Dion.
In other news, Latin artist Luis Fonsi has been tapped to open nine shows on Spears' ongoing North American tour. The artist will be supporting his July 2 MCA/Universal Latino release, "Fight the Feeling," his English-language debut, and will appear with Spears beginning July 9 in Uniondale, N.Y., through the tour's July 27 finale in Mexico City.
Nikka Costa has been Spears' opening act since the trek opened last month. The pair will continue touring together through Sunday (June 16) night's show in Houston, after which 3rd Faze will take over.
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