Dua Lipa faces new copyright lawsuit over hit Levitating

  • By Riyah Collins
  • BBC Newsbeat

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Dua Lipa is one of the biggest names in pop music

Singer Dua Lipa is facing a multi-million dollar copyright claim over the use of a recording in her hit single Levitating.

The lawsuit was brought by musician Bosko Kante, who claims the star used a recording made with his talkbox in the remix of the song without permission.

The voice box is a portable device that makes vocal vibrations sound like musical instruments.

Dua Lipa and her label Warner Music Group have not responded to the allegations.

Levitating is one of Dua Lipa’s most popular tracks from her 2020 album Future Nostalgia.

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles on Monday, claims Bosko is entitled to more than $20m (£15.6m).

It says British-Albanian star Dua Lipa had permission to use the voice box on the original recording but not on any remix, Reuters reported.

It is alleged that the 27-year-old reused the work without permission on further releases, including The Blessed Madonna remix, which featured Madonna and Missy Elliott, another remix with DaBaby and a performance by Dua Lipa at the American Music Awards.

Lawyers maintain that Bosko has taken legal action because the singer and her label had shown an “unwillingness to cooperate or accept responsibility”.

This is not the first time that Dua Lipa, who is currently in the charts with her song Dance the Night Away, has faced copyright claims over Levitating.

According to Reuters, a court complaint by reggae group Artikal Sound System was dismissed in June – and a separate claim by songwriters Sandy Linzer and L. Russell Brown continues.

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