Singer's lawsuit contends 'Call Me Maybe' ripped off 'Hunky Santa'
A Ukrainian singer has one message for pop star Carly Rae Jepsen: Call me, maybe. Or at least, have your lawyers give mine a ring.
On Thursday, attorneys representing Aza — a former Miss Ukraine turned musician who goes by one name — announced plans to sue a group including Jepsen and Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, for alleged copyright infringement.
The lawsuit, which is expected to be filed Thursday morning, will state that Jepsen's No. 1 hit "Call Me Maybe" sampled lyrics from Aza's song "Hunky Santa" (video above) without approval or consent, a Los Angeles attorney representing Aza said.
The song lyrics are "identical or substantially similar," attorney Barry K. Rothman said in a statement, adding that the lawsuit would request the U.S. District Court stop the defendants from "continuing to possess, distribute, sell, reproduce, market, advertise or promote" the song "anywhere in the world," seize discs already made and award damages to Aza.
A message to Jepsen's representative was not immediately returned.
Jepsen's song first debuted in Canada last year, and after drawing the attention of pop star Bieber, hit the U.S. in January. It topped Billboard charts and became an oft-parodied hit, as Jepsen's music video for the song drew more than 325 million YouTube views.
"Hunky Santa," Aza's song, had 788 YouTube views on Thursday morning.
— Kate Mather