Radiohead deny suing Lana Del Rey over copyright claims

Lana Del Rey recently made a statement on Twitter, affirming that the band are taking legal action over alleged similarities between their 90s hit Creep and her Lust for Life track Get Free.

Del Rey’s statement on Twitter reads: “It’s true about the lawsuit. Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100″.

She adds: “Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.” In a concert, she stated that Get Free could be removed from further releases of Lust for Life in the future.

Now, Radiohead’s publisher, Warner/Chappell, has issued a statement denying the existence of the lawsuit. However, the band are seeking songwriting credits. Their statement reads:

“As Radiohead’s music publisher, it’s true that we’ve been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey’s representatives. It’s clear that the verses of Get Free use musical elements found in the verses of Creep and we’ve requested that this be acknowledged in favour of all writers of Creep. To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they “will only accept 100%” of the publishing of Get Free.”

Radiohead were once successfully sued by The Hollies for similarities between Creep and the 1974 track The Air That I Breathe. The liner notes for Radiohead’s Pablo Honey now include songwriting credits for Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. Currently, Get Free is credited with Lana Del Rey, Kieron Menzies and Rick Nowels as writers.