Nicki Minaj Is Being Sued by Tracy Chapman Over "Sorry"

Legal troubles for the ‘Queen’ star.

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As TMZ and Pitchfork reveal, Nicki Minaj is currently being sued by Tracy Chapman for copyright infringement.

Tracy Chapman’s lawsuit stems from Nicki Minaj’s “Sorry” collaboration with Nas, which takes some of its sonic cues from Chapman’s 1988 single “Baby Can I Hold You.” According to Chapman, the aforementioned Nicki Minaj track “incorporates the lyrics and vocal melody of [“Baby Can I Hold You”], its most recognizable and memorable parts.” She also alleges that Nicki Minaj chose to use those parts — which Chapman says “comprise approximately half of “Sorry” — “without first seeking” the proper “authorization.” With her lawsuit, Chapman aims to receive compensation for “damages” and an “order to prevent” the release of official release of “Sorry.” TMZ also notes that Nicki Minaj’s team “made multiple requests” this past summer to license “Baby Can I Hold You,” but were denied on each occasion.

We’ll keep you updated as the lawsuit progresses.

Most recently, Nicki Minaj revisited her Queen LP for the video in support of “Barbie Dreams.”

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