Gwen Stefani Sued For Allegedly Stealing ‘Spark The Fire’
Gwen Stefani is being sued for copyright infringement by a singer and hairstylist named Richard Morrill, who alleges that her collaboration song with Pharrell, “Spark the Fire,” was stolen from him. The man is seeking a portion of the $25 million he estimates she’s made off the track.
Morrill, who is part of a band called L.A.P.D., says in his suit that he played his group’s song “Who’s Got My Lighter?” for Stefani back in 1998 while he was coloring her hair. He goes on to claim that Stefani said she enjoyed the song, so he gave her a CD with the tune on it. The final edition of his track was released in 2009, but Morrill goes on to claim that the singer’s 2014 hit song “Spark the Fire” is a ripoff.
The lyrics in Stefani’s song are “Let’s spark the fire. Who got the lighter?” while the lyrics in Morrill’s track say “Who’s got my lighter? Who got the fire?” In his legal documents, Morrill states, “The rhythm, melody, and background music during the chorus of ‘Spark the Fire’ is almost identical to the chorus of ‘Who’s Got My Lighter.’ They are sung in the same key.” Morrill, who owns a hair salon in Littleton, Colorado, filed his suit against Stefani, Pharrell and Interscope Records in Colorado district court.
As Gossip Cop reported, Pharrell was previously sued with Robin Thicke for copyright infringement for their song “Blurred Lines.” The estate of Marvin Gaye contended their hit was a ripoff of the late singer’s 1977 track “Got To Give It Up.” A jury agreed with Gaye’s heirs and awarded the family $7.3 million. Pharrell and Thicke were ordered to pay $4 million in copyright damages, plus profits, which accounted for the other $3.3 million. Following the decision, Pharrell’s camp told Gossip Cop, “While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling.”