Usher accused of song theft

By | Published on Friday 23 September 2011


Usher has been accused of stealing his hit song ‘Burn’. He and the song’s co-writers, Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox, are being sued by songwriter Ernest Lee Straughter, who claims ‘Burn’ is way too similar to his song ‘The Reasons Why’, which was recorded by R&B group Reel Tight under the name ‘No More Pain’ in 1998.

This week a California federal judge accepted a musicologist’s report that notes the similarities between the two tracks as evidence in the legal case. Meanwhile, Usher’s lawyers have asked the judge to re-examine the lawsuit, presumably with a view to dismissing it, or so Billboard reports.