Female hip hop sensation Lizzo is coming under fire today - after legendary singer Cece Peniston claims that the BBW singer stole her music.
Lizzo has now been accused by at least a dozen artists of "stealing" or "plagiarizing" their work. But those accusations were mostly unfounded. Yesterday Cece took to Instagram to fully expose how she claims Lizzo stole her signature line.
Cece is best known for her signature song "Finally," which reached the number 5 spot on the Hot 100 and number 2 in UK Top 75. In the song, CeCe used the catch phrase "yayayeee" during the song - and it became Cece's signature phrase.
Well now it appears that Lizzo has stolen that from Cece.
Here are Cece's receipts:
And it's not just Cece that thinks Lizzo stole from Cece. Soul singer India Arie spoke out against Lizzo's alleged theft:
And Cece appears ready to hit Lizzo with a lawsuit. Cece claims that her signature phrase is trademarked.
R&B singer-songwriter India.Arie commented on the post in support, writing, “I thought she interpolated it intentionally and paid you for it. I hate that ANY one would not automatically KNOW this IS a signature of yours. Clearly. But as musicians i guess we hear it more clearly.”
This week, producers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen accused Lizzo of plagiarizing the oft-memed “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that bitch” line from her song “Truth Hurts.” And now she’s just been hit with another accusation of copyright infringement — for her other big hit.
Lizzo’s lawyer Cynthia Arato recently issued a statement denying the Raisens’ claims. “Although it has become all too commonplace for successful artists to be subjected to these type of opportunistic claims, it is nevertheless disappointing that after all of her hard work, Lizzo has to respond to this specious claim,” she said.