Jamie Foxx and DJ Mustard Slam Copyright Lawsuit: We Did NOT Steal New Song
UPDATE: The lawsuit against Foxx and DJ Mustard has been dropped, just days after it was filed.
Nontra Records voluntarily dismissed its suit with prejudice, acknowledging that Foxx’s “Party Ain’t A Party” is the only version authorized for release by DJ Mustard and the other co-writers of the song.
Foxx’s rep tells Gossip Cop, “This is Jamie Foxx’s recording, no one else’s.”
ORIGINAL STORY: Jamie Foxx and DJ Mustard are hitting back against a new lawsuit which claims they stole their new song, “Party Ain’t A Party,” from another artist.
Nontra Records sued the pair on Thursday, alleging that DJ Mustard originally gave the instrumental to an artist named J Rand.
According to the suit, filed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, J Rand worked on the song, further developing the music and lyrics, with Poe Boy Music Group, which then sold the rights to Nontra.
The record company claims, however, that when it came time to promote the track last year, DJ Mustard “went radio silent and failed to respond to their advances.”
Fast forward to this week, when “Party Ain’t A Party” dropped, and production credit was given to DJ Mustard.
Nontra alleges, “The underlying material and Jaime Foxx’s lyrics contained in the Subsequent Work are identical to the lyrics sung by J Rand in the sound recording of the Original Work.”
The label is seeking at least $150,000 in damages for copyright infringement.
But sources close to the situation are vehemently denying the allegations — something that The Hollywood Reporter failed to note when it first reported the lawsuit on Friday morning.
A lawyer for DJ Mustard tells Gossip Cop in a statement, “DJ Mustard did not grant any rights to a third party to exploit the recording, ‘Party Ain’t A Party,’ and, accordingly, this claim against DJ Mustard has absolutely no merit.”
Furthermore, Gossip Cop hears from a Foxx insider that allegations of him stealing the song are “not true.”
Gossip Cop will have updates.