August 03, 2023

Music

Fresh copyright storm brews for Dua Lipa's 'Levitating'

Bosko Kante claims copyright infringement worth over $20 million

By Jean Valjean August 03, 2023
Dua Lipa embroiled in fresh copyright lawsuit targets hit song Levitating.
Dua Lipa embroiled in fresh copyright lawsuit targets hit song 'Levitating.'

Dua Lipa is currently facing legal trouble as she finds herself embroiled in a third copyright lawsuit. 

Music producer Bosko Kante has claimed that his talk box recording was used without his permission in three remixes of Dua Lipa's mega-hit track, Levitating.

Seeking justice for the alleged infringement, Kante is demanding more than a whopping $20 million (£15.7 million) in profits from the tracks.

The legal battle centres around an alleged verbal agreement, where Kante insists that only a specific portion of his recording, created with his innovative ElectroSpit Talk Box, was intended for use in the original version of the song. 

According to the lawsuit, music producer Stephen Kozmeniuk approached Kante back in 2019 with the idea of creating a Talk Box track for Levitating. 

The two allegedly reached a verbal agreement stipulating that the recording could only be used in the original version of the song and not on any subsequent remixes. 

However, Kante now alleges that Dua Lipa reused his work without seeking permission for three remixes of the song.

Earlier in March 2022, the Florida-based reggae band, Artikal Sound System, filed a lawsuit alleging that the song copied the hook from their 2017 track, Live Your Life. 

L Russell Brown and Sandy Linzer asserted that Dua Lipa used their melody from the 1979 song, Wiggle And Giggle All Night.

Levitating has proven to be a major success, reaching the top five in the UK and achieving an impressive milestone on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. 

The song's popularity soared as it spent a remarkable 77 weeks on the chart, making it the longest-charting song by a female artist in the history of the prestigious music ranking.