Lady Gaga accused of stealing 'Shallow' song

Lady Gaga has been accused of stealing 'Shallow.'

Oscar-winning Lady Gaga has been accused of stealing ‘Shallow’ from an unknown US songwriter and has been threatened with a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

Steve Ronsen is claiming that Gaga has lifted his song, ‘Almost,’ which he released in 2012, as the basis for her award winning hit for ‘A Star Is Born.’

The Blast has reported that the nine-time Grammy-winning artist has been threatened legally over a three-note progression that is a base of the tune for ‘Shallow’.

Ronsen claims that these have been taken from his song ‘Almost,’ which has less than a thousand streams on Soundcloud in five years.

The notes in question are G, A, B, which are also seemingly used for the chorus of ‘Shallow’ and Ronsen is demanding 'millions of dollars' as a settlement.

Gaga has hired New York attorney Orin Snyder to fight the claim.

He said: "Mr Ronsen and his lawyer are trying to make easy money off the back of a successful artist. It is shameful and wrong.

"I applaud Lady Gaga for having the courage and integrity to stand up on behalf of successful artists who find themselves on the receiving end of such [claims].

"Should Mr Shirian proceed with this case, Lady Gaga will fight it vigorously and will prevail."

Lady Gaga's legal team have also pointed out that Ronsen's song is nothing like ‘Shallow’, apart from that three-note progression, which can be found in a number of songs, dating back centuries.

Ronsen's legal team have declined to comment on the lawsuit, when contacted by The Blast.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in 'A Star Is Born.'

‘Shallow’ was written by Gaga along with Mark Ronson, Dirty Pretty Things member Anthony Rossomando and Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt.

Speaking about how she revealed the melody to her co-writers, Gaga told the LA Times: "When I wrote that song with Mark and Anthony and Andrew, it was different from any other experience I’ve had writing a song.

"There was a grave nature to the room. I was at the piano, the guys each had a guitar in their hands and we started coming up with lyrics and talking to each other.

"That’s really what the song is. It’s a conversation between a man and a woman. But we didn’t know that when we started."

‘Shallow’ has gone on to be the longest-running number-one song by a female lead in US music history, along with over 200 million streams.

 


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