Sam Smith has announced details of a new single called ‘Love Me More’, set to be released next week.
The track will be their latest release since 2020 Christmas song ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’ with Labrinth, and will be available at April 28, 11pm BST.
Smith’s last studio album, ‘Love Goes’, was released in October 2020, but there are currently no further details about the artist’s fourth record.
The lawsuit, filed in a Los Angeles federal court on March 4, alleged that Smith’s hit release with Normani, ‘Dancing With a Stranger’, claims the song copied key elements of a track by songwriters Jordan Vincent, Christopher Miranda and Rosco Banlaoi.
The songwriters allege that Smith’s track had the “same” title, chorus and composition as the song published on Vincent’s YouTube channel, Spotify and other streaming services in August 2017.
The complaint, obtained by Rolling Stone, reads: “The hook/chorus in both songs — the most significant part and artistic aspect of these works — contains the lyrics ‘dancing with a stranger’ being sung over a nearly identical melody and musical composition.”
The lawsuit also alleges that a side-by-side comparison of the videos shows strikingly similar resemblance.
“Both videos consist of a girl performing interpretive dance alone in a minimalist studio, interspersed with shots of the male vocalist,” the filing says.
“A girl dancing alone is not an obvious visual theme for a music video titled ‘Dancing With a Stranger,’ tending to dispel any notion that this similarity is a coincidence,” the paperwork continues.
“When the extraordinary musical similarity between the songs is also factored in, it becomes even more apparent that it is impossible that the infringing composition and sound recording were independently created.”
The lawsuit also alleges a “suspicious coincidence” that the call sheet for the plaintiff’s music video “specifically mentioned using the visual concept of mannequins coming to life”.
It continues: “The odds that such a unique but highly similar idea would have come independently to defendants are astronomical, especially considering the other shared similarities.”
Represensatives for Smith and Normani did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Rolling Stone.