Canadian pop star, Justin Bieber and American country music duo Dan + Shay have been sued for copyright infringement over their single 10,000 Hours.
Bieber and the music duo were sued by International Manufacturing Concepts, Melomega music and Sound Gems over an allegation that they “stole the core portion”, which includes the song’s chorus, verse and hook from the 1973 song The First Time Baby Is A Holiday, originally written by Palmer Rakes and Frank Fioravanti.
In their suit, Melomega music and Sound Gem noted that The First Time Baby Is A Holiday song was released in 2014, about five years before 10,000 Hours dropped, and alleged there are “unmistakable similarities” between the two songs.
While claiming they own the song, Melomega music and Sound Gem are demanding credit on 10,000 Hours alongside monetary remuneration in damages, statutory damages, attorney fees — and an injunction preventing the song’s continuous distribution.
It could be recalled that 10,000 Hours was released by Bieber and Dan + Shay in October 2019, only four days after Bieber wedded wife Hailey Baldwin for the second time at a religious ceremony in South Carolina, attended by many famous friends, including Scooter Braun, who manages all three artists.
Records have it that in 2020, the song earned the singers two AMAs, an iHeartRadio Music Award and a Billboard award. Remarkably, they also won a Grammy Award for best country duo/group performance for the song in 2021.
It is important to also clarify that 10,000 Hours was the lead single off Dan + Shay’s 2021 studio album Good Things. “10,000 Hours” debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.