Madonna’s hit song “Vogue” was released in 1990, but she has just been served a lawsuit over it now!
VMG, a company out of Delaware, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Madonna and her record label over the song “Vogue,” claiming the singer sampled portions of a composition called “Love Break.”
“Love Break” was released around 1977. In the suit the company claims:
“The portions of “Love Break, which have been copied into Vogue and all its various “mixes,” “remixes” videos, YouTube versions, etc. are numerous but intentionally hidden. The horn and strings in Vogue are intentionally sampled from “Love Break” throughout.”
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Also mentioned in the suit is producer Richard “Shep” Pettibone. Pettibone was originally hired by VMG to remix various editions of “Love Break” and he later worked on “Vogue.” VMG claims that Pettibone “intentionally disguised the sampling he did in ‘Vogue.’” VMG said:
“He unauthorized sampling was deliberately hidden by [Madonna] within “Vogue” so as to avoid detection. It was only when VMG specifically looked for the sample, with the technology available to it in 2011, that the sampling could be confirmed.”
The company claims it gave WB Records and Madonna a notice of copyright infringement in July 2011 and again in February 2012. They are seeking damages “in addition to [Madonna's] profits that are attributable to the copyrighted material.”
Written by Michelle Wincott