By every account, Travis Scott‘s track ‘Highest In The Room’ is one of his most popular with a stream count on Spotify of 569,391,255. However, in recent developments, the 28-year-old has been slapped with a Copyright Infringement lawsuit.
According to Billboard, a 37-page complaint was filed in federal court in California this week by songwriters Olivier Bassil, Benjamin Lasnier and Lukas Benjamin Leth. It names Scott, whose real name is Jacques Webster, along with the other credited writers and producers on the song including Oz (Ozan Yildirim), Nik D (Nik Dejan Frascona), Mike Dean, Cash Passion (Jamie Lepr) and Sean Solymar. The suit also names Cactus Jack Records, Grand Hustle LLC, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Papa George Music and These Are Songs of Pulse, a California company.
The songwriters allege that that they created a song titled ‘Cartier’ with a distinct guitar melody in 2019. It was posted to an online discussion forum for producers before sending the track to at least 100 producers and music artists – including Lepr – in the hopes of having the music licensed or used in collaboration. After corresponding with Lepr for sometime, ‘Highest In The Room’ was released and contained the guitar melody of the song substantially similar to “Cartier.”
“They never expected that this would end up in a lawsuit but felt they had no choice but to take this action under these circumstances,” Richard Busch, the attorney for the three songwriters, told Billboard.
The three songwriters are asking for damages and their share of the royalties for “Highest in the Room” which could have already earned $20 million USD (or approximately $28.6 million AUD).
Stay tuned for further developments.