Lady Gaga Accused of Copying Another Songwriter for ‘Shallow,’ Her Lawyer Slams Claim as ‘Shameful’


Songwriter Steve Ronsen has accused Lady Gaga of copying one of his compositions in her Oscar and Grammy-winning song, “Shallow.”

Ronsen believes a three-note progression in his 2012 song “Almost” was duplicated in the A Star Is Born hit. However, a source tells Us Weekly multiple musicologists reviewed the two songs and found no material similarities. The insider adds that the melodic combination is “common” and can be heard in tracks “from centuries ago.”

“Lady Gaga is outraged by these false claims and will not back down in any way,” the insider tells Us.

According to Page Six, Gaga, 33, could face a lawsuit stemming from the alleged similarities of the melodies.

Lady Gaga Accused of Copying Another Songwriter
Lady Gaga poses in the Press Room at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Chelsea Lauren/Shutterstock

“In an effort to amicably resolve this matter months ago, my office provided Lady Gaga’s legal team, at their request, with an official report from a renowned and respected musicologist and professor who determined that there are significant tempo, melodic, rhythmic and harmonic similarities between the two ‘hooks’ of the songs at issue,” Ronsen’s attorney Mark D. Shirian said in a statement to Us on Thursday, August 8. “Lady Gaga’s team has yet to provide my office with an opposing musicologist report, which we have requested multiple times.”

Gaga’s lawyer Orin Snyder denied the plagiarism accusations. “Mr. Ronsen and his lawyer are trying to make easy money off the back of a successful artist. It is shameful and wrong,” he told Us. “I applaud Lady Gaga for having the courage and integrity to stand up on behalf of successful artists who find themselves on the receiving end of such [claims]. Should Mr. Shirian proceed with this case, Lady Gaga will fight it vigorously and will prevail.”

Snyder also refuted Shirian’s claim that his team was not supplied with a musicologist report. “We provided Mr. Shirian a lengthy letter with the findings of multiple leading musicologists, each of whom found no actionable similarities between the two songs,” the attorney told Us exclusively. “Even Shirian’s own musicologist acknowledged the generic three note progression is present in many other songs predating his client’s song.”

Ronsen said that “it was brought to my attention by many people that the ‘Shallow’ song sounds like mine” and he “did not seek this out.” In fact, he has never seen A Star Is Born.

“I admire Lady Gaga and I just want to get to the bottom of this. There are other writers that wrote the ‘Shallow’ song, including Mark Ronson,” he told Us. “I have secured a musicologist who also agrees that the songs are similar. I am simply going about this how anyone else would to investigate any possible infringement.”

The actress and her cowriters, Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt, won an Academy Award for best original song in February. Additionally, Gaga and costar Bradley Cooper, who performs the song with her in the film, took home the Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Earlier this month, Katy Perry lost a similar lawsuit after a jury ruled that her 2013 track “Dark Horse” copied Flame’s 2008 Christian rap song “Joyful Noise.” The 34-year-old songstress and the other defendants on the case were ordered to pay $2.78 million as a result.

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