Rolling Stones Are Being Sued Over 2020 Song
To sue a band like the Rolling Stones for plagiarism, an artist had better have their ducks in a row - and we'll soon see if that applies to Sergio Garcia Hernandez.
The musician (who goes by the stage name Angelslang) claims that two of his songs - 2006's "So Sorry" as well as his 2007 tune "Seed of God" - were appropriated by the legendary band and later turned up in Rolling Stone's music. While the songs have less than 1,000 plays on Spotify, Hernandez claims he gave a cd with both songs on it to a relative of Mick Jagger - and that person responded via email that the "style was a sound The Rolling Stones would be interested in using." In a lawsuit filed in New Orleans federal court, Fernandez is claiming that Jagger and Keith Richards “misappropriated many of the recognizable and key protected elements" from the two songs for their 2020 release "Living In A Ghost Town."
Fernandez says the new song was created by borrowing key features from his songs, including the "vocal melodies, the chord progressions, the drum beat patterns, the harmonica parts, the electric bass line parts, the tempos, and other key signatures" from "So Sorry" and the "harmonic and chord progression and melody" from "Seed of God." "Defendants never paid plaintiff, nor secured the authorization for the use of ‘So Sorry’ and ‘Seed of God,’ his lawyers wrote. No comment yet from the Stones camp.