A copyright infringement trial in Los Angeles was averted when rapper Nicki Minaj agreed to pay $450,000 to end singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman’s claims that Minaj illegally sampled her music without authorization, according to court papers obtained Friday.
The dispute arose in federal court three years ago after Minaj used the melody and lyrics from Chapman’s 1988 single “Baby Can I Hold You” in her song “Sorry,” featuring Nas. Chapman rejected Minaj’s request to license the use of the material, and sued for copyright infringement after the online-only track was leaked on the radio by New York DJ Funkmaster Flex.
The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, best known for her hits “Fast Car” and “Give Me One Reason,” stated in court papers that she turned down numerous requests to sample or re-record the song for use on Minaj’s 2018 fourth album, “Queen.”
Chapman filed her notice of acceptance of Minaj’s offer on Thursday.
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