Justin Bieber and Dan + Shay have been slammed with a copyright infringement lawsuit over their 2019 hit, ‘10,000 Hours’.
“Justin Bieber and Dan + Shay are facing a new copyright lawsuit that claims they copied large parts of their Grammy-winning country hit “10,000 Hours” from a decades-old song,” Billboard Tweeted.
On Thursday, Sound Gems, International Manufacturing Concepts and Melomega music filed a lawsuit against the bad guy singer and the country music pair over their song, ‘10,000 Hours’, which was debuted at Number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, says the reports obtained by the media.
The lawsuit claims that Justin Bieber, 28 and the country pop music vocalists and songwriter duo, Dan Smyers, 34, and Shay Mooney, 30, “’stole the core portion’ which includes the chorus, verse and hook from the 1973 song ‘The First Time Baby Is A Holiday,’” initially composed by Palmer Rakes and Frank Fioravanti.
The lawsuit noticed that the song was not out until 2014, almost 5 years before ‘10,000 Hours’ was released and claimed that there are “unmistakable similarities.”
Representatives for Justin Bieber and the country pop music duo did not immediately reply to the media’s request for comments.
The companies behind the lawsuit are demanding credits on the tracks as well as seeking attorney fees, statutory damages, and a ruling preventing the further spread of the song.
The ‘Stuck With U’ singer along with “Tequila” singers, released this song back in 2019, just four days before marrying Hailey Baldwin again after a small religious ceremony in South Carolina. The star studded event was also attended by Smyers and Mooney and their manager Scooter Braun.
In 2021, the singes won Grammy Award for the best group performance. Moreover, in 2020, the hit track earned the singer an iHeartRadio Music Award, a Billboard award and two AMAs.
The song’s music video shows all the three artists with their wives in their own romantic settings. One part of the song shows Justin Bieber and his wife sharing a kiss while lying on a bed covered with flowers. In 2016, another artist sued Justin Bieber for stealing the hook on the track ‘Sorry’ with DJ Skrillex, from one of her songs. However, the singer later got her own lawsuit dismissed, TMZ reported.