Jay Z and Justin Timberlake’s ‘Suit & Tie’ Gets Universal Music Group Sued
Universal Music Group is being sued over the Justin Timberlake, Jay Z and Timbaland song "Suit & Tie." The suit is being brought by two members of the 1970s R&B trio Sly, Slick and Wicked, whose "Sho' Nuff" was sampled for the composition.
According to TMZ, the elder singers claim that while Universal paid to clear the sample for the song, they never secured the rights to the original singers' vocal performances. Therefore, the suit argues, the original singers should be entitled to money from the song's wild popularity--more than 3 million copies sold and nearly 100 million Youtube views--and from major sync deals, like the Bud Light commercial that used "Suit & Tie."
The Timberlake song originally appeared on (and served as a single for) The 20/20 Experience, the first of two 2013 albums for the singer, and a comeback of sorts after a brief hiatus. As with his 2006 album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, the record was helmed by Timbaland, the renowned hip-hop producer who began working with Jay in the late 1990s.
"Suit & Tie" wasn't the only collaboration between the two superstars in 2013. Timberlake also played a supporting role on Jay's solo album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, starring especially on the single and opening song "Holy Grail." Timbaland had a hand in 11 of that record's 16 songs, and joined Jay on the accompanying tour, even being allotted a DJ set in the middle of Jay's performance.
Jay's involvement in music this past year has mostly come via his ownership of Tidal, a music streaming service he purchased for $55 million.
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