Nicki Minaj will pay $ 450,000 to Tracy Chapman

January 11, 2021

Nicki Minaj settled Tracy Chapman's lawsuit by out-of-court settlement.

Nicki Minaj will pay Tracy Chapman $ 450,000 in a copyright settlement over the rapper's song "Sorry", for which excerpts from Chapman's 1988 single "Baby Can I Hold You" have been used without permission.

According to The Hollywood Reporter and documents released by the California federal court, Chapman accepted Minaj's offer on December 30, 2020, and the case will not go to trial on March 2, as originally scheduled.

Tracy Chapman filed a lawsuit against Nicki Minaj in October 2018 when the song "Sorry", a collaboration with Nas, leaked on the radio by DJ Funkmaster Flex and then went online. "Sorry" was never officially released by the rapper.

"I'm glad the issue was resolved and I'm grateful for this legal result that confirms that artists' rights are protected by law and must be respected by other artists," said Tracy Chapman.

"I have been asked many times in this case for permission to use my song. In any case, politely and timely, I said clearly no. "Obviously Ms. Minaj chose not to listen and used my composition despite my clear and explicit intentions," he continued.

"This lawsuit was the last resort, it was sought in an effort to defend myself and my work and seek protection for the creative initiative and expression of songwriters and independent publishers like me," he concluded.

According to THR, court documents prove that Nicki Minaj and her representatives asked for permission to use excerpts from the song "Baby Can I Hold You". After Chapman refused, Minaj used the song while composing music in the studio and "Sorry" leaked, albeit deliberately, instead of being officially released.

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that Nicki Minaj had the legal right to use Tracy Chapman's song in the studio to experiment with music, noting that "a decision that eradicates these common practices will limit creativity and stifle innovation in the United States." music industry".