Carrie UnderwoodÂ andÂ Brad PaisleyÂ are laughing all the way to the bank right now. Following last yearâ€™s bogus lawsuit - in which songwriterÂ Amy BowenÂ (known professionally as Lizza Connor) claims the superstars ripped off her own material for their No. 1 hit â€œRemind Meâ€ - the two singers take direct aim at the creatively concocted story with a new song called â€œHigh Life.â€
Lifted from Paisleyâ€™s forthcoming albumÂ Moonshine In The Trunk, the mid-tempo track doesnâ€™t go about the topic subtly. â€œI heard a song a couple months ago. It was Carrie Underwood on the radio,â€ he croons on the second verse. â€œIt reminded me of a poem my brother wrote back in second grade. I know she didnâ€™t steal it, but so whatâ€¦â€
But, oh no, it doesnâ€™t stop there: â€œWe lawyered up and sued her butt. These days we figure we pretty much get paid to go away.â€
â€œHigh Lifeâ€ is constructed as a story-song, a type of structure that has become prevalent in country musicâ€™s rich history, and also includes references to Chik-Fil-A, trampolines and more. You can listen to the tune below.
In case you missed the lawsuit shenanigans, here is a brief recap: Bowen, allegedly composedÂ a song (also called â€œRemind Meâ€) in 2008. She then performed the song at a writers-round workshop, at whichÂ John Kelley LovelaceÂ andÂ Charles DuBoisÂ attended. A few years pass, and Paisley, DuBois and Lovelace meet for a songwriting session and pen their own â€œRemind Meâ€; it was later recorded in early 2011. Years later, after Paisley and Underwoodâ€™s hit went platinum and became a huge hit at radio, Bowen decides itâ€™s time to get her moneys worth, ultimately taking her claims to federal court. In December 2013,Â JudgeÂ Aleta TraugerÂ ruled for the lawsuit to move forward, statingÂ â€œBowen has plausibly shown that, taken in combination, the lyrics and associated melodies, intonations, and usage could be sufficiently original to constitute protectable material.â€ [Quote viaÂ Hollywood Reporter]
The two singers later denied these claims of copyright infringement, in papers viaÂ RadarOnline.Â â€œDefendants (Paisley and Underwood) deny any wrongful conduct, omissions, infringement or any other activities alleged by Plaintiff in this District or elsewhere or that they are liable to the Plaintiff for any claims,â€ the response reads.
Of course, this doesnâ€™t mean Paisley and Underwood are guilty, but they could face trial at some point. Or maybe not.
Previously, Underwood and Paisley have also performed together o â€œOh Love,â€ from Paisleyâ€™s 2007-releasedÂ 5th Gear.
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