Donna Summer’s Estate Accuses Kanye West of Copyright Infringement in ‘Vultures 1’

Kanye West's Latest Album 'Vultures 1' Embroiled in Copyright Dispute

Donna Summer's Estate Accuses Kanye West of Copyright Infringement in 'Vultures 1'


In a striking claim, the estate of the late Donna Summer has accused Kanye West of using an unauthorized interpolation of the 1977 classic “I Feel Love” in his new track “Good (Don’t Die)” from the album ‘Vultures 1’. The album, a collaborative effort with Ty Dolla $ign, landed in the music world on Saturday morning, quickly becoming the subject of a contentious copyright debate.

The controversy centers around a specific lyric in the ‘Vultures 1’ track, where the phrase “Oh, I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive” seems to mirror the melody of Summer’s hit song. The estate of Donna Summer expressed its disapproval and legal stance through an Instagram Story on the official Donna Summer account on Saturday (Feb. 10), stating, “Kanye West… asked permission to use Donna Summer’s song ‘I Feel Love’, he was denied… he changed the words, had someone re-sing it or used AI but it’s ‘I Feel Love’… copyright infringement!!!”

“I Feel Love” is not just a song but a hallmark in music history, having peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1977 and remaining on the chart for 23 weeks. Produced and co-written with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, it is one of Summer’s most recognized works, part of her fifth studio album ‘I Remember Yesterday’.

The controversy extends beyond Donna Summer’s estate. Ozzy Osbourne, former frontman of Black Sabbath, also accused West of unauthorized use of his music. Osbourne claimed that West requested permission to sample “War Pigs” but was denied due to his recent antisemitic remarks. Despite the refusal, West reportedly used the sample in a listening event for ‘Vultures 1′ at Chicago’s United Center. Sharon Osbourne echoed these sentiments, emphasizing respect for other artists’ works and the Osbourne family’s unequivocal refusal to associate with Kanye West.

‘Vultures 1’ emerges as Kanye West’s first album following his 2021 release, ‘Donda’, and amidst a backdrop of his recent controversial statements and the consequent distancing by brands like Adidas and Def Jam. This latest allegation adds to the complexities surrounding the rapper’s career and public persona.

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