Last year, we learned about a lawsuit filed against Beyoncé by a singer named Javon Lee. According to TMZ, Lee, who works as a backup singer, claims that he sent Beyoncé’s backup singer Chrissy Collins a copy of his song “XOXO” after they worked together for another artist. Apparently, he believes that Bey later ripped off his song with her 2013 track “XO” because he demanded $3 million from her in his lawsuit.
“I am seeking the earnings she has made from the copied record. Also live performances, etc. I would like money compensation of $3 million, or whichever is greater,” he explained in a 2013 court filing.
According to The Jasmine Brand, the Grammy-winning singer’s attorneys have since responded to the lawsuit and they’re calling BS. In court documents, Bey’s legal team explains that they’ve attempted to reach out to Javon on multiple occasions to discuss where he found similarities shared between the two tracks, but he has yet to provide a substantial response to their inquiries.
[The songs do no share] “melodic content and there is no meaningful similarity in pitch series, rhythm or rhythmic patterns, melodic development or structure,” her team argues.
In addition to claims that Javon does not even have the copyright to the music he insists that she swiped from him, her attorneys reason that the songs also convey two distinct messages that are obviously different. While Javon’s song is about his desire to experience a sexual encounter, “XO” is about the “celebration of love and life, emphasizing the importance of living in the present with a loved one ‘before our time has run out.’” A motion has been entered on behalf of Beyoncé to have Javon’s lawsuit dismissed.
Check out Javon’s track below. Do you think the songs sound alike?