Lizzo has been accused for a second time of plagiarism over her hit single Truth Hurts, which recently spent six weeks at No 1 in the US charts.
Songwriter and producer Justin Raisen has posted a video on Instagram comparing Truth Hurts to a song called Healthy that he and others wrote with Lizzo in 2017.
The two songs share an opening line – “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that B*%@h” – as well as the same melody, sung in a different key.
Raisen said he was never contacted about being credited for the use of the parts of Healthy (melody, lyrics, and chords) that appear in Truth Hurts.
He said they tried to sort this out quietly for the last two years, only asking for 5% [songwriting royalties] each, but was shut down every time.
Lizzo was first accused of plagiarism in February 2018 by British singer Mina Lioness for the “100% that b*%@h” lyric, which Lioness originally tweeted in full in February 2017. “Everyone believes those were your words, when in fact they were mine. My creativity, my wit and my comedy,” Lioness tweeted at Lizzo, who replied that she had never seen the tweet and that she was “inspired” by a meme she had seen on Instagram