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Microhits Music Corp. has filed a copyright-infringement suit against Kid Rock (real name Robert Ritchie), his songwriting partners, publishers, Lava Records, and Atlantic Records over Rock's 1998 song "Cowboy." The suit -- filed April 17 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California -- claims that Rock lifted "substantial portions" of the late-'80s club hit "I Wanna Be a Cowboy" by Boys Don't Cry, a track whose rights are owned by Microhits. The suit alleges that Rock played the Boys Don't Cry song a number of times as a DJ and copied "almost exactly the title-hook line."
"Cowboy" appears on Rock's Lava/Atlantic album "Devil Without a Cause," which has sold 7.5 million units in the U.S., according to SoundScan. The song hit No. 5 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. Microhits is seeking damages to be determined at trial. A spokesman for Atlantic parent Warner Bros. says the company has not seen the suit and does not comment on pending litigation.
Kid Rock's current U.S. tour hits Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday (April 26) and wraps May 26 in Omaha, Neb.
-- Todd Martens, L.A.