Did Jessie J Steal Some 'Bright Red Chords' to Make Her Song 'Domino'?

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Though her hit song "Domino" came out over a year ago, Jessie J might be looking at a serious price tag for the song due to some claims that she ripped off a few chords and melodies to make it.

Musician Will Loomis, frontman of Santa Barbara band Loomis and the Lust, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the UK pop star this week, seeking damages from the artist and her labels (Universal Music Group, Lava Records, Universal Republic Records) over the song, which he says is almost identical to one of his tunes. The claim is that she knowingly infringed on elements of Loomis' song "Bright Red Chords," written in 2008, which appeared on the band's 2009 album Nagasha. Loomis says he'd caught wind of Jessie J's song, which shares the exact same four punchy guitar chords, after a fan from Albany, New York brought it to his attention.

"A fan of ours, who I'd never met, had bought our CD out of a bargain bin at a local record store," Loomis told the Weekly over the phone. "A couple months later, he wrote me an email basically saying 'I just wanted to let you know that you're being ripped off by an artist in the U.K.'" After hearing Jessie J's song and sharing it with friends, Loomis decided he had a case. Listening to the two jams side by side, it's hard to argue that the structure, though very basic, is pretty much exactly the same right down to the phrasing of the verses.


Though most people have probably never heard of Loomis or his band, he isn't exactly unknown. The song, which is registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, garnered him some attention from MTV Iggy several years ago and the song made a brief run on various commercials and TV shows. Loomis's attorney, Chris Arledge of Newport Beach/LA firm One LLP, says Loomis never gave any kind of permission to Jessie J to use parts of his song. "We look forward to obtaining an appropriate remedy from the court to clear this infringement," Arledge said in a statement.

Neither Jessie J (born Jessica Cornish) nor her labels were available for comment. Interestingly enough, she'll actually be appearing at the Nordoff Robbins 02 Silver Clef Awards (we'd never heard of it either) in the UK to Royal Albert Hall Best British Act Award for the superb chart performance of hits like 'Price Tag' and well, "Domino." The song blew up after it was released in 2011, receiving platinum status and topping charts in the U.K. and Australia.

Recently, the pop star performed the song in question at Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, which Loomis says was actually kind of cool, in a weird way. "Seeing this melody for a song that I came up with in my garage being played for the Queen of England in front of this huge crowd was pretty amazing. I've always dreamed of having a number one song and I never imagined this happening."

Take a listen to both songs played side by side and tell us if you think this guy has a case.



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8 comments
mrsfarinas89
mrsfarinas89

She's a business woman. she's smart, just because Katy's vocals aren't as great as Jessie's doesn't mean that she'd negate the genius of the song itself...

 

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Mae23131
Mae23131

These days music sounds alike. I think it sounds alike at some parts, but please. Everyone should be sued if you put songs next to each other. So to me, this is just another scream for attention by an unknown artist.

 

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Lony3030
Lony3030

Loomis got that from jimmy bo horne jessie didnt take nothing loomis did

Chris_hersey
Chris_hersey

Makes me sick that somebody would steal someone elses song. Jessie J is a horrible artist to which 'her' music is terrible. I do not envy her or any of her miserable record companies. BRING BACK REAL MUSIC!!

Luke Richardson001
Luke Richardson001

Maybe it does sound similar, but there's a reason that no one bought this guys so. It's shit.

Betterbyfar
Betterbyfar

Anyone who plays music knows,it's defiantly a rip off.Its just too similar.

Countyrose2
Countyrose2

The Loomas song sounds more like  Gimme  Some by Brendon a party song from the 70s  maybe they should be sued instead opening a can of worms I think

Spencer Askin
Spencer Askin

First of all you can't copyright a chord change, much less 4 chords in a row. Can you think of how many songs use the exact same chord changes? Millions. There are only 7 diatonic chords in a key and I don't think anyone writing for KIIS FM artists throw in anything outside the box. Ever.  The problem for this song is the verse melody, but it's a pretty simple and sensible melody. It's like saying someone stole the vocal melody to my blues song. I'm sure you could find this melody over a variation of these chords on a few other records.

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