Usher, Alicia Keys Accused Of Stealing 'Caught Up' From Songwriter
R&B singer Usher Raymond and singer Alicia Keys have been hit with a lawsuit from an upcoming songwriter, who claims the pair stole Usher's hit song "Caught Up."
The single, which shot to 21 on Billboard's Pop Singles charts when it was released in 2004, was produced by Dre & Vidal.
According to a lawsuit filed by Wadena Pyatt in the Eastern District of New York, the track is a "plagiarized" version of a tune she penned as an artist on Keys' MBK Entertainment label.
Pyatt claims she wrote the original version of "Caught Up" in 2002, while she was under contract with MBK, which is owned by Keys and her business partner, Jeffery Robinson.
According to Pyatt's lawsuit, she signed a record deal in 2003 and planned to use the track on her own debut release, but was disappointed when she found out the tune was contained on Usher's hit album Confessions.
"Caught Up" is listed as being produced by Dre & Vidal and written by Ryan Toby, Andre Harris, Vidal Davis and Jason Boyd.
A remix to the track features Brooklyn, rapper Fabolous.
Pyatt is suing for a full accounting, as well as damages disgorgment of any profits received from sales of "Caught Up."