Justin Timberlake And Will.i.am Sued For Allegedly Stealing Music For “Damn Girl”
The collaborative track was part of Timberlake’s hit album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, but not released as a single. Timberlake and will.i.am co-wrote the song, with the Black Eyed Peas member also producing it. Now nearly a decade later, PK Music Performance is accusing the pair of borrowing heavily from Perry Kibble’s 1969 song “A New Day Is Here At Last” without proper credit.
The suit claims “Damn Girl” copied many of Kibble’s notes and melodies, specifically with the guitar riffs and drum beats, as well as with the saxophone and organ. J.C. Davis, the singer who recorded “A New Day Is Here At Last,” did receive an album credit for “Damn Girl,” but Kibble did not, despite his original authorship. Now PK Music Performance Group, which obtained the rights to “A New Day” following Kibble’s death in 1999, is seeking payment for Timberlake and will.i.am’s use of Kibble’s music.
The company is suing for a share of the “Damn Girl” profits, and also wants possession of remaining physical copies so they can be destroyed. It’s unclear why the lawsuit is just being filed now. Gossip Cop reached out to a rep for Timberlake for comment, but did not immediately hear back. He and will.i.am are pictured above in 2006.