By Bobby Pollier, EnStarz | Jul 13, 2012 05:38 PM EDT
When one thinks of the 80's they not only think of big hair and heavy metal but also Madonna. Coined the "Queen of Pop," she has won a slew of awards ranging from 17 American Music Awards to an unheard of 20 Grammy's. Twenty two years later, VMG, a Delaware based company has come out of the woodwork to somewhat discredit that success.
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Two plus decades after its release, Madonna is being sued over one of her hit songs "Vogue." VMG filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the music icon, according to E!.
Released in March of 1990, the chart topping dance-pop melody was on the "Material Girl" singer's "I'm Breathless" album. Composed mainly of groove, beat and house, the video was directed by now big-time "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" director David Fincher.
The company alleges that Madge had copied portions of their song "Love Break," which was released around 1977. They further claim that "Vogue" is numerously comprised of mixes, remixes and videos and that are all deliberately hidden within her song. They also allege that their strings and horns are purposely sampled in the hit song as well.
VMG also reveal that a music producer by the name of Richard "Shep" Pettibone expedited the process by changing the samples after he previously working for them. Shep apparently left the company and then went on to work on "Vogue," where he along with Madonna intentionally changed around the music originally done on "Love Break."
Only with the technology of 2011 where they able to confirm the similarities, according to VMG. They claim that they have served Madonna and her camp with papers on copyright infringement and left the notice back in July 2011 and February of 2012; seeking damages from Madonna's bottom line.
For the life of me I cannot figure out which is worse: Stealing the chords off a previous track or pulling a lip syncing debacle such as Milli Vanilli?
We shall see what happens in court. Only time will tell how this one pans out.
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