Tracy Chapman complaint to Nicki Minaj for copyright infringement

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(CNN) — Rapper Nicki Minaj might apologize for their song “Sorry”.

Minaj has been sued by folk singer Tracy Chapman for infringement of copyright, related with the song “Sorry”, that Chapman alleges and incorporates the lyrics and the vocal melody of his song, “Baby, Can I Hold You” without permission.

In the lawsuit, obtained by CNN, Chapman says that Minaj and her representatives started looking in June of 2018, the use of the song, but Chapman denied his request, which was made after Minaj had recorded the song for her album “Queen”.

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“Sorry” was not included in “Queen”, which was released in August.

According to the demand of Chapman, Minaj, however, provided a copy of the song to a popular DJ on New York’s HOT 97, a radio station with hip-hop. Chapman says that the DJ subsequently promoted the release of the song on their social media channels and the broadcast.

Minaj has not responded to the demand. But the complaint makes mention of a tweet now deleted from Minaj in which, prior to the release of his album, he recognized the difficulty of maintaining or not the song on his album, because doing so would have delayed the release of “Queen”.

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Chapman, winner of a Grammy, which is key in the music scene of the late 80’s and 90’s, is best known for her songs “Fast Car” and “Give Me One Reason”.

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— Cheri Mossburg, CNN, contributed to this story.