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James Arthur angrily accuses The Script of ‘stealing’ percentage of biggest hit

James Arthur has gone on a furious rant about The Script on Twitter, accusing the band of ‘stealing’ a percentage of his biggest hit

James Arthur has launched a furious attack on The Script
James Arthur has launched a furious attack on The Script

James Arthur has launched a furious attack on The Script – accusing them of “stealing” a percentage of his biggest hit.

The Mirror revealed yesterday how the star had settled with the band after they lodged a copyright claim saying his 2016 song Say You Won’t Let Go was too similar to their 2008 hit The Man Who Can’t Be Moved.

The Script singer Daniel O’Donoghue and guitarist Mark Sheehan have now been formally listed as songwriters on Arthur’s track.

But Arthur yesterday slammed the band in a series of Twitter outbursts.

He said: “Where there’s a hit there’ll be a bunch of greedy b***h, egomaniac vultures like the Script.”



He accused The Script of ‘stealing’ a percentage of his biggest hit
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He said he could “sleep at night knowing that ‘say you won’t let go’ was a completely original idea and every single musicologist in the UK said there was no case and threw it out.”

He said that the band then pursued the case in the US.

“The only reason I had to settle back then was because I couldn’t afford the legal fees in America at the time and they knew that, as we were on the same management.

“Of course they didn’t want any details spoken about publicly as part of the deal.Congrats on stealing a percentage of a song you had nothing to do with.”



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A music source told the Mirror the settlement happened in December 2018 – eight months after the lawsuit was filed in LA.

Despite the initial barrage of publicity around the lawsuit, the existence of any subsequent settlement was not known before now .

The band’s lawyer was Richard Busch who represented Marvin Gaye’s estate in its successful lawsuit against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over the song Blurred Lines.

Busch had argued that Arthur generated $20 million (£14million) from the song.



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The lawsuit demanded “all streaming, distribution, publishing and touring revenue connected to the song,” as well as statutory damages.

The Script’s lawyer had previously said how Arthur was “dropped by his record label for public controversies, which caused a break in his career,” adding that it “wasn’t until the release of ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ that he achieved worldwide success.”

Arthur signed to Simon Cowell ’s label Syco after he won the X Factor in 2012, but was dropped in 2014 after a series of Twitter rants.

Say You Won’t Let Go was the first song James Arthur released after re-signing to Syco in 2016.



James settled with the band after they lodged a copyright claim saying his 2016 song Say You Won’t Let Go was too similar to their 2008 hit The Man Who Can’t Be Moved
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It spent three weeks at number one in the UK in 2016.

Arthur appeared to publicly hit back at the lawsuit during a BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge appearance when he added his own verse to Jorja Smith’s Blue Light.

He proceeded to call out the band, referring to them as ‘jealous’ and ‘snakes’, and that they would “never see a single flipping dime of mine.”

Arthur had also previously said that there was “no case” to answer over the supposed similarities.

“It’s 2017, there’s only seven notes in music,” he said.


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