The late American singer Donna Summer’s estate is suing Kanye West for allegedly “stealing” songs for his latest album

Kanye West faces a lawsuit from the estate of the late US singer Donna Summer, claiming he used parts of her music in his latest album.



Following Ozzy Osbourne’s statement earlier this month that he denied West permission to use a Black Sabbath sample due to labelling him as a “antisemite,” the rapper allegedly used it regardless.

The lawsuit alleges that Kanye West requested to sample from Summer’s hit song I Feel Love, but proceeded to use the sample without permission after being denied by Summer’s estate.

Ty Dolla $ign, whose real name is Tyrone Gryphon, is also mentioned in the lawsuit filed in California by Summer’s husband Bruce Sudano.

The duo incorporated well-known elements of Summer’s song into their latest track Good (Don’t Die), even though their idea was turned down because of West’s past controversies.

According to the court documents, the Summer estate was contacted on 31 January to seek approval for the song. It was rejected, yet the album was eventually released a week later on 10 February.

Representatives for West and Gryphon reached out to Summer’s record label to request clearance of the master recording of the song, but their request was denied, according to court documents.

The song received a high number of streams before being taken down from various platforms like Spotify, iTunes, and Apple Music. West and Gryphon have also performed the song at live concerts, with clips of their performances garnering millions of views online.

The estate is seeking the highest possible compensation, amounting to $150,000 (£118,000) for each instance of infringement.

The court documents emphasised the importance of safeguarding Donna Summer’s musical legacy and one of the most influential and ground-breaking songs in popular music.

Summer, a five-time Grammy winner, passed away in 2012 at the age of 63 and was later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a year after her passing.

Representatives for West and Gryphon have been reached out to by the Press Association for a statement.

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